Croydon post-hardcore duo Frauds have always had a knack for matching jagged guitars and pounding drums with lyrics that range from the political to the ridiculous (and more often than not, both). New single ‘Money Honey’, the second to be taken from their forthcoming second album Long Spoons, due for release by the always excellent Alcopop! Records in the summer, takes a grinding riff and metronomic rhythm and adds a ‘Cha Cha Slide’-esque instructive dance routine middle eight into the mix, because why the hell not?
Drummer Chris Francombe elaborates, “It was a riff that had been around the block a few times that never worked until we slowed it down and put a kind of disco beat behind it. The song almost wrote itself from a plethora of notes on my phone. These notes were written on daily commutes across London for work which informed the narrative.”
It comes packaged with a video inspired by Scottish comedian and viral sensation Limmy, featuring fairy lights, green parachute pants and seductive hula-hooping. “Limmy is a huge inspiration,” adds Chris, “and when the pandemic hit I was reading his autobiography. It dawned on me that he works with huge restrictions all the time and yet comes up with ingenious set ups with just a camera and himself. We wanted to embrace the restrictions, thus the hula hoops.”
We asked the pair to share their top 5 Limmy sketches:
This sketch never fails to cheer me up, I must have watched it 50 times and it never fails.
Limmy It’s Shut
I love Limmy’s mind and its simple ideas like this that show you that if you’ve got vision you can make something beautiful out of very little. It was also one of the main influences when making the video for ‘Money Honey’.
If you could encapsulate me and Mike’s sense of humour into a sketch, then this one hits the nail on the head. Yet again the genius of this sketch is in it’s simplicity and the pay off never gets old.
Limmy The Birthday Card
This is the first sketch that Limmy did and it was for his girlfriend’s birthday. This is the thing that changed his life and inspired him to create his art.
Limmy Loved Up
Finally this sketch is pure absurdist joy.
Frauds’ second album Long Spoons will be released this summer via Alcopop! Records.
Frauds head out on tour in September at the following venues, keep up to date with further announcements on their Facebook page:
28.09.21 – Bristol – Crofters Rights (tickets)
29.09.21 – Sheffield – Record Junkee (tickets)
30.09.21 – Leeds – Mabgate Bleach (tickets)
01.10.21 – TBA
17.10.21 – Brighton – The Albert (tickets)
Article by Paul Maps