Nottingham four-piece BLONDES have released their new single, OUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, the title track from their forthcoming EP to be released on 12 November. Produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Oscar Lang, Vistas) the single is the band’s fourth release since signing to C3 Records in Austin, TX and follows their 2020 debut single, Coming of Age, which has so far reached over 11 million streams, and this year’s follow ups Minimum Wage and Street Fight. A video for the single is set to debut on the EP release date.
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The release of OUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD precedes the band’s forthcoming date with Sports Team at Nottingham Rock City on Wednesday 17 November and their first London headline show at Islington Grace on Tuesday 30 November.
Drawing upon their experience as four young adults coming of age in unusual times, BLONDES capture the euphoria of adolescence and the nostalgia of growing up with their unique brand of guitar and synth driven pop.
The band formed at Nottingham University towards the end of 2017, meeting as freshers from widely disparate areas of the UK. Their eureka moment came in the summer of 2019 whilst watching a set by The Vaccines at Glastonbury Festival, during which they heard an impassioned speech encouraging the audience to start a band and be fearless in chasing their dreams.
BLONDES took this as encouragement to finish a song that guitarist Alex Davison had started writing several years previously; a song about chasing those dreams that would eventually become the debut single Coming of Age. The anthemic chorus (“Here, something really could happen”) became the band’s prophecy. Armed with self-belief and a handful of great songs, they agreed that they would not return home after finishing university, instead moving in together to focus on their career in Nottingham.
It was in October 2020 that social media helped catapult the band to the next step. Coming of Age became viral on TikTok as thousands of videos featuring the song appeared across the platform, racking up millions of views. BLONDES were suddenly trending on the internet. In response, TikTok launched an official Coming of Age trend on behalf of the band, resulting in millions of streams of the song as record labels across the world began to take notice.
Following this initial success, the band signed with C3 Records, which was established in 2018 by Charlie Walker and Charles Attal, co-founders of C3 Management and C3 Presents, one of the world’s largest festival producers. Four singles have followed, alongside festival appearances at Reading and Leeds, Dot to Dot, Liverpool Sound City and Live at Leeds, and support shows with Stereophonics and Inhaler.