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Indie rock trio Demob Happy return with explosive new single ‘Mother Machine’, their first new music for 2020.

Following 2019 single releases ‘Autoportrait’ and ‘Less Is More’, ‘Mother Machine’ sees the former Artist Spotlight band Demob Happy complete the trilogy delving headfirst into futuristic sonic realms, rewiring sprawling space-rock with a fierce and direct dynamic energy. Speaking of the track, frontman Matt Marcantonio states: “These last three singles have been like a trilogy, expressing things I’ve felt over the most intense year of touring I think we’ll ever do, and things I’ve learned about where we’re all going. “I wanted to leave ‘Mother Machine’ ’til last as there’s a lot of new sounds in it, and I like what it says about the future.”

Mother Machine’ debuted on Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 show as the first Maida Vale session of 2020. Fans can also expect performances of ‘Autoportrait’, ‘Be Your Man’ and a special rendition of ‘Less Is More’ also featuring a cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Robot Rock’.

Demob Happy are currently recording the anticipated new album to follow 2018’s ‘Holy Doom’.

The band have also announced their first shows of 2020 with UK headline dates in collaboration with DIY Magazine for Independent Venue Week.

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Demob Happy have shared the new video for their single ‘Dead Dreamers’. The video features a puppet band who take on some rather demonic situations, not least imitating the band themselves.

The track is a deeply jagged song and speaks volumes of the new album upcoming. Speaking of the track Matt Marcanatonio explained “It’s the fruit of a long weekend and three spare puppets to mess with. We grew up watching Jim Henson films like The Dark Crystal, that was our childhood, and it’s the sort of idea you conjure up but never think you’ll do. Then we ended up with these spare puppets and we couldn’t afford actors so we got all our friends together and made it over a lost weekend.

Demob Happy – Dream Soda
For every histrionic ‘Rock is Back!’ headline coined in the wake of Royal Blood’s anomalous chart success, there’s a band like Demob Happy, to whom it never occurred that rock was ever anywhere but in the marrow of their bones. Like the first, best, Queens Of The Stone Age record, the Brighton group’s debut album is a riotous, vomit-crusted affair. Rocks & reminds us a bit of Nirvana – both excellent qualities!

Armed only with an arsenal of guitars and northern chips on their slender shoulders Brighton’s rising garage rock force Demob Happy have this year asserted themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands. Drawing on the likes of Nirvana, Queens of The Stone Age, Melvins, The Beatles, The Stooges and Kyuss for source material, their off-kilter pop music constantly stretches beyond their genre to create a spontaneous clatter of fresh and exciting sounds. They have retained accolades with recent single ‘Wash It Down’ and lived up to NME’s declaration that the band are delivering “some of the most riff-heavy songs of recent years”, having also been championed by the likes of The Independent, DIY, Best Fit, The 405, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and XFM.


Brighton quartet Demob Happy – formed by lead singer and bassist Matthew Marcantonio, drummer Thomas Armstrong and guitarists Matthew Renforth and Adam Godfrey they are looking 2015’s zombified, Apple-branded generation dead in the eye and attacking them with their own biting, invigorating and antagonistic creative solution.

“We’re concerned about banality and apathy,” says Marcantonio. “You see people who have no proactive bone in their bodies sitting there moaning on social media going, ‘Oh my god, the Tories’ and I just think, imagine if all this energy was directed into something positive.”

It’s a lofty comment to make, but Demob Happy walk the walk. Formed in 2008, the quartet spent the interim years not only honing their sound (think Queens Of The Stone Age sleazy riffs meets early Kings Of Leon’s way with a skittish, rattling hook) but creating a grassroots DIY manifesto in their backyard – or, more accurately, back-of-the-van.

The Demobile – a customised bus which sleeps seven including two hammocks (“It’s an engineering masterpiece; it’s the fucking Golden Gate Bridge of vans,” grins Marcantonio) – has hosted multiple impromptu street gigs around the town, much to the police’s chagrin, while Demob also recently helped open a cafe-cum-venue-cum-rehearsal space called Nowhere Man. The scene of the most feral and sweaty party in recent memory at annual Brighton new band festival The Great Escape, the venue’s entire ethos is geared towards making something communal, creative and positive for the area. “We were a band for five years before we got signed and that whole time was just spent going, ‘How do we improve ourselves and get into people’s heads?’” continues Marcantonio. “Brighton is where 20-somethings go to retire so you’ve got to stay focused there,” adds Armstrong. “You’ve been to a million gigs in your local bar and no matter how good the band is, you’re still in the same local bar watching a band. We want to do something more interesting than that.”

As well as creating their own tiny empire, the band have managed to get an album under their belts. Following this year’s ‘Young & Numb EP‘ and recent singles ‘Succubus’ and ‘Suffer You’ – backed by AA-side ‘Junk DNA’, premiered above – they’re readying ‘Dream Soda’ for release on October 2nd. A heady mix of grungy riffs, careering melodies and an ever-present melodic backbone, it’s confident and confrontational but in the most playful of ways. “You get these bedroom producers coming through who spend hours and hours trying to find the perfect snare sound on an EDM track and never consider trying to just write a good fucking song,” says Marcantonio. “If you ask what’s gonna push guitar music forward then maybe we have the potential to do so because we’re actually writing tunes rather than trying to be part of some aesthetic. If you want it, then go and make it happen.” See Them soon

The band head out on a UK headline tour, starting December 2nd at Nottingham Bodega

News has just come in of Demob Happy‘s first proper single on the eve of them heading out on their first headline tour. Succubus is coming out on 17th November on Milk Parlour Records on 7″ and download and will be backed with a cover of The Technoheads I Wanna Be a Hippy. The band’s tour starts tomorrow in Bristol and ends up with a hometown show at Bleach on 17th October.




Demob Happy announced news of their debut album last week. It’s called “Dream Soda” and it comes out on 2nd October on So Recordings. It’s available to pre-order now on the band’s website in a variety of formats and bundles including CD, double gatefold red vinyl and packages with t-shirts and prints. The full tracklisting is below :

Those troublesome boys from the South Coast Demob Happy have announced details on their debut LP Dream Soda and it’s all getting rather exciting isn’t it?. The announcement comes ahead of their appearance at Reading & Leeds fest at the end of August to bring the release of the album on October 2nd via SO Recordings all the sweeter. The album looks set to offer some more filth and fury for the fans, with the recording taking place in isolation in the Welsh valleys we are expecting something a little off the beaten track.

Of course you can expect their grunge influences and punk tinge to shine through, but it’s the subversion of expectation we are looking forward to. Nobody spends time alone in Wales and comes out the same. Nobody.

December (headline UK tour)
2nd – Bodega, Nottingham
3rd – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
4th – Gullivers, Manchester
5th – Broadcast, Glasgow
7th – Start The Bus, Bristol
8th – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
9th – 100 Club, London
11th – The Haunt, Brighton



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Demob Happy – Young & Numb EP
When’s it out? April 27th
Brighton-based Demob Happy have been building a reputation for themselves via their chaotic, sweaty live shows. Debut EP ‘Young & Numb’ is the next step in their masterplan, full of rumbling QOTSA bass and meaty, grungy riffs
Having graduated from the Vines-esque rattle of their earlier output into riff-heavy, Queens Of The Stone Age swagger, Brighton quartet Demob Happy have already penned two fine slices of hedonistic guitar sleaze – ‘Succubus’ and ‘Suffer You’. Lock up your daughters.