CANDY COFFINS – “SEASIDE GIRLS”
A SPILL EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE
It’s about time that the world should be graced with some new music from South Carolina-based postpunk outfit Candy Coffins – “Seaside Girls” is the second taster from their forthcoming album Once Do It With Feeling, a passionately powerful collection that, while steeped in pop nostalgia, is loaded with resonant melodies and an overall denser shimmer. Bring it on!
Today we present the video companion to this sun-drenched second single, a non-sequitur piece that pays tribute to the playful abandon of youth all to a soundtrack combining elements of new romanticism and driving rock. Clearly wearing their influences on their sleeves, Candy Coffins channels the best from 1980s music in modern compositions that are entirely appealing for the here and now. They manage to present a fresh sound and an inspiring take on genres that have, quite fortunately, been around for a while.
Frontman, founder and principal songwriter Jame Lathren explains, “When the pandemic hit, I decided I would not write a dark song as the first one written during the period. It seemed too easy given the times. It took me three months, but we got “Seaside Girls” from the effort, which is an upbeat sun-drenched rocker on the new album, Once Do It With Feeling. It’s all the rage.”
He adds, “The full album chronicles a relationship from the onset of the first crack to its complete crumbling dissolution. All the feelings and emotions of tumult are captured here, from both persons’ perspectives.”
Their much-anticipated 10-track collection arrives two years after the band’s latest Somehow Misplaced EP. Exhibiting mature strides in songwriting, the band relating the themes addressed both confidently and cohesively. Emotionally and sonically saturated, their music boasts Cure-esque textures and melody, as well as the thematic elements and visceral delivery of The Afghan Whigs.
Earlier, the band released “Every Day A Fresh Atrocity’, also with an accompanying video created by Jame Lathren. On that particular song, the Coffins presents a much darker mood, exploring the dark corners and haunting suffocation of a broken relationship.
Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Jame Lathren, a small-town boy who admired artists who were not on popular radio, formed Candy Coffins in 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. A cultural outcast, his resilience, sensitivity and hyper-awareness of his emotional state would ultimately permeate his own music, getting right to the heart of the emotions surrounding the human condition.”After disbanding his previous post-punk band Crown The Cake, he formed Candy Coffins with hometown guitar legend Tom Alewine (Bachelors of Art), followed by seasoned music scene veterans Alex Mabrey on bass and Justin Purdy on keys, and former Iron & Wine touring drummer Jonathan Bradley. Their dynamic and textured approach has contributed to the band’s trademark lush sound, channeling and bolstering Lathren’s emotive songwriting and delivery.
With tasteful nods to Joy Division, The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, The Afghan Whigs and The Cult, as well as contemporaries like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Interpol, Candy Coffins’ sound is dark and emotionally restless, but with elements of hope and elation. Defiantly unique, their sound is a welcome respite from musical mediocrity.
As of September 20, “Seaside Girls” will be available everywhere digitally, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, where “Every Day A Fresh Atrocity” can also be found. The Once Do It With Feeling LP will be released on October 21 and can be ordered at https://candycoffins.bandcamp.com. On October 29, the band will perform live for their album release show at the Columbia, South Carolina venue In The Addition.
Jame Lathren – vocals, guitars
Tom Alewine : guitars
Alex Mabrey – bass
Jonathan Bradley – drums, percussion
Justin Purdy – keys
Additional instrumentation by John Furr
Additional vocals by Margaret Rose Champagne
All songs by Jame Lathren (BMI) © 2022
Produced & Engineered by John Furr at Pow Pow Sound (Columbia, SC)
Mixed by David Barbe at Chase Park Transduction (Athens, GA)
Mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering (Charlotte, NC)
Single cover artwork by Jame Lathren
Album cover artwork by Phoenix Lathren and and Tom Alewine
‘Everyday a Fresh Atrocity’ video created by Jame Lathren
Also check out the first single from their forthcoming album:
Release Date: October 4, 2022