There are few bands that we’ve followed as closely over the years as London indie disco pop outfit Subliminal Girls. We were there for their first gig, we were there for their last gig, we were there for their second coming, and their second final gig and for their reformation and we’ll be there for their next last gig and the inevitable reunion that will follow. Hopefully though that will be some way off, as with last year’s Vanity Project EP and forthcoming new single ‘Catch’, a shimmering slice of melancholic pop beauty, they’re sounding as good as they ever have. Today we’re delighted to bring you the first chance to see the video for ‘Catch’ ahead of the single’s release later this month.
“Danny (Subliminal Girls’ bassist) wrote the intro melody of ‘Catch’ in 2009, the early days of the band, laziness and life got in the way of us doing anything with it. The lockdown opened our eyes to it again,” explains frontman Jim Rhesus. “The lyrics are about how innocent we were to think we had a chance of getting somewhere back then, how we thought we were in a club that we could never really be part of due to the fact that we weren’t independently minted / connected to people that were and really the chance of making it was less that that of winning the lottery. That and the secret hope that we could still get there and we totally loved all if it and that getting older is actually a brilliant thing and we are happier now than we ever were then.”
The track was recorded in Biggin Hill by former 586 & 18 Carat Love Affair frontman (and occasional Joyzine contributor) Steven Horry. Asked about the recording process, Jim explains, “Danny found an old Fender Rhodes so we shoved that on. The solo is not played on a Paul Reed Smith. We are not in our 40s now.”
The track comes with a nostalgia-tinged video montage of gigs past, many of which are at venues that no longer exist. “For the videos we asked all of our friends, including your good selves, for photos of them having fun in music venues now sadly departed. What is next, who knows.“
‘Catch’ is released on 25th November – pre-save here. Subliminal Girls play The Hope & Anchor in Islington tonight (12th November) with support from The Charlemagnes and George Street Kids – full details and advance tickets, priced £8 here.
Pre-save ‘Catch’ now on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music here
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Article by Paul Maps