“Impossibly buzzy.” – Dork
“They’re fucking sick.” – Joe Talbot, IDLES
“So fucking good.” – Jack Saunders
“A phenomenal blast of post-punk energy.” – Clash
“With more than a smidgen of godfathers of the genre Gang of Four, it’s chock-full of simmering tension.” – DIY
“Loud, gratifying post-punk vitriol.” – Gigwise
“Promising upstarts; fuzzy, upbeat and lysergic.” – NME
“Think Wire meets Joy Division distorted through an LSD wash.” – So Young
Egyptian Blue’s debut EP ‘Collateral Damage’ made the Brighton-based newcomers a compelling proposition. Between their jolting, groove-orientated post-punk attack and their polemic lyrical approach, the quartet made moves in all of the right places. Lead track Collateral was playlisted at 6 Music, while further airplay came from Jack Saunders, Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens and John Kennedy. Meanwhile, they took their visceral live show on the road with The Murder Capital and YAK, and they also played All Points East on a bill headed by The Strokes.
New single Nylon Wire finds Egyptian Blue at their most direct and thrilling. It’s the second track, following Never, to be taken from their second EP ‘Body of Itch,’ which will be released on April 10th by Yala! Records.
Again produced by Theo Verney (FUR, TRAAMS), Nylon Wire was written quickly, following a jam, co-frontman Andy Buss noting “Some of our tracks take weeks of configuration, others take minutes”. This falls into the latter. Frantic yet precise riffs accompanied by a lyrical intensity which is quickly becoming the hallmark of their burgeoning sound.
April 10th sees the release of ‘Body of Itch’ EP, the title of which was inspired by Gigwise’s review of their sold-out London show at the Servant Jazz Quarters. The EP also features Four Is The Last Four, which reflects on the endless repetition of working life (“clock-in / clock-out”),
Collectively, Body of Itch offers a lens to focus the frustrations of the modern world into a burning clarion call to resistance and enact change. In some small way, the baton is passed from bands who have influenced their sound (Gang of Four, Preoccupations, Iceage, early Foals) and whose words they connect with.
Lifelong friends Buss and Ambrose formed the band in their hometown of Colchester with bassist Luke Phelps. Initially located above a jewellery shop, they were the epitome of a band reacting to the mundanity of their surroundings. Early jams often devolved into marathon sessions of fourteen hours or more, made all the more chaotic by the amount of whisky they’d share as well as the growing attention of the local police.
Relocating to Brighton, a turning point came at a King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gig. Seeing a band that well-drilled made them rethink the work ethic that their own project required. The addition of drummer Isaac Ide early in 2019 also inspired a darker, more intense direction for the band, together with a fresh rush of creativity.
July 2nd – Barcelona, Vida Festival 2020
July 10th – Lausanne, Switzerland – Festival de la Cite
July 25th – Yorkshire, Deer Shed Festival
August 7th – Eggersriet, Sur Le Lac Festival
August 8th – Ritual Union Festival, Bristol
August 21-23 – Green Man Festival
September 29th – The Lexington, London (headline)
With thanks to Brace Yourself PR