Sunday, June 02, 2024

bby Share New Track 'Fucked Up' And Announce Debut Album '1'

bby - the UK’s rising alternative stars - have announced their debut album '1' (due out 19th July). A celebration of all the amazing work bby have done thus far, '1'' is an incredibly hotly anticipated record from the London-based band who have already made waves across press, radio, live and more, with support from the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, and Zane Lowe, and a spot on the Top 20 Billboard alternative charts in the US. 

New single ‘Fucked Up’ is another huge track from the band following a run of exceptional singles including ‘hotline’ and latest track ‘breathe’, which was premiered by Zane Lowe. It lands alongside its music video, which was premiered by Zane Lowe. It lands alongside its music video, made up of CCTV footage of bby’s last hang, documenting the energy and chaos of the unique world bby have built in their East London bolthole. 

Speaking about the new track, Benjy says: “‘Fucked Up’ was originally really sad to me and based around a dark thought. About the morning after a night out when you’re miserable and hungover and like having this feeling that the only time you feel like you’re yourself is when you’re fucked up. You kinda work all week and then only really let go and feel like yourself when you don’t feel yourself. And sometimes it’s like that. But then the week before we finished it, I had one of those nights that just goes on forever and the crew was flying. Then you all have a hangover together after, then maybe go have a couple more at the pub. And I wrote the second verse that night and was like hang on - this is a fucking celebration - let’s go to a rave again. Now I think it’s kinda about both… and I like that. Cos the sesh do be a dark and glowing place.”

“‘1’ is about the beginning and end of a relationship,” says Benjy about the band’s debut album. "Letting a stranger become the most important person in your room and then learning how to make them feel like a stranger again and not someone who could destroy you.  But that’s like the quiet and written side of it. The heart of it is the hangs. Playing these songs for the day 1s at the HQ. Sweating, moshing, drinking, dancing and figuring them all out live. Playing a hundred different versions until they hit just right. Playing a hundred different jams until we got 13 songs that tell the story we wanna tell and move the room how we wanna move it. We all met online about 1 year ago, started the hangs about 6 months ago, and now dropping our first album. This is where it starts. We made it out the group chat."

Benjy (vocals), Jessy (guitar), Tommy (guitar), Deon (bass), and Tom (drums) all met on the internet and it clicked. From hip hop to RnB to alt and an array of alternative sounds therein - bby pull their influences together with confidence to make music that sounds like the moment; a union of mixed musical tastes from which bby was born. 

The HQ is the nucleus of bby (see further footage from the space in their DIY videos HERE). Writing, developing and producing their own music, alongside abundant good times, has become their focus for the future. They continue to host regular hangs at their collaborative space, which fans are now flocking to. The chaos they create at these shows is tangible which informs their sound and the music they make. The fans, the space, the sweat, the vibe - it all comes together as one. Performance guests at hangs have included Willow Kayne & SIPHO and followed debut festival shows at Leeds Festival (see high energy crowd footage here) and All Points East (performing alongside The Strokes + HAIM). bby have also performed alongside Hemlocke Springs at a sold out Dingwalls show

Coming up, they are already slated to play summer festivals including TRNSMT, Kendal Calling, Boardmasters, Y Not, We Love Green, Pitchfork and All Points East. 2024 is proving to be a busy one for bby.

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