London-based electronic collective Auld present their new single ‘Need Her Still’. Slated for release on Friday, January 25, this is the first single to be release from their forthcoming debut album ‘Mainstream Music’, which is out in mid-March.
Comprised of 10 tracks, this long-play is loaded with easy yet brooding, alternative, electronic pop with guitars interwoven. While ‘Mainstream Music’ was recorded over the summer of 2018, some of the songs date back as early as 2012.
This release comes hot on the trail of the ‘Curriculum Vitae’ EP, released in April 2018.
Based in Kilburn, London, Auld was started by Thomas Pitts as a solo project. They currently perform as a 6-piece, with Pitts joined by Alan Giles, Brian Wortman, Rachel Hearne, Glen Giles and James Milner.
Genre fluid, Auld frames a story through the lens of indie pop, sometimes rock, and sometimes electro. They like a good cry and they like a good dance and they want you to join them.
“Need Her Still’ is the first song I wrote for the album and hopefully a good introduction to the Auld sound. It came at a time where we were searching for direction for the album. I wrote this and then everything started to fall into place afterwards,” says Thomas Pitts.
“This is the only love song I have ever written. Lyrically it is quite simple – it is a list of things that would make life quite nice and more enjoyable on paper, but all of these mean nothing without the person you love”.
Thomas Pitts’ fascination with music began with an obsession over the Spice Girls at 9 years of age. He wrote songs to the tunes of their tunes and also to the tunes of songs from the Lion King. Fast forward to the appearance of the Strokes, which influenced Pitts to form a rather young band emulating that sound.
In terms of his songwriting with Auld, Pitts denotes the following as musical influences: Grimes, Kate Bush, R.E.M., Tom Waits, The National, The Pixies, Pavement, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Interpol, Earl Sweatshirt and The Flaming Lips. “Something that also really interested me here was working with the structure of a song.”
“The overriding theme of this album is coming to terms with the person you are and realising you are not quite the person you thought you were gonna grow up to be. Reflecting on that and trying to work out how to change,” says Thomas Pitts. “Mainstream Music is a celebration of all those people trying their best, but not being the best. The ones that have a lot to improve upon, but are aware of it. It is a celebration of sadness, friends and family”.
As of March 15, the ‘Mainstream Music’ album will be available digitally across online stores and streaming platforms. It can already be pre-ordered now via Bandcamp at https://auldmusic.bandcamp.
Auld will play an album launch show at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney on February 20. The whole album will be played in full for the first time and some deep cuts, rarities and b sides.
The band will be supported by Emilio Iannucci. Those pre-ordering a ticket will receive a free download of the album and some other goodies one week before the gig There is also an option to pay a bit more and get a t shirt. Tickets can be obtained at https://www.wegottickets.com/
Solo photos of Thomas Pitts by Libby Burke Wilde. All other photos by Thomas Pitts.
Lyrics and music written by Thomas Pitts
Recorded at Auld Studio in Kilburn, vocals at Mill Hill & drums at the Gun Factory in Homerton, East London
Recorded by Thomas Pitts and Thiago Jorge
Mixed and mastered by Thiago Jorge
Thom Pitts – Vocals, guitars, synths
Rachel Hearne – Vocals
Alan Giles – vocals, bass
Brian Wortman – Lead guitar
Glen Giles – Drums and Percussion
James Milner – Piano
John Dillon – Album cover art
Carmen Reig – ‘Need Her Still’ cover art
Artist photos by Libby Burke Wilde
1. Need Her Still
2. Am I Gorgeous?
4. Trendy, Trendy
5. The Lady Killa
6. I Am
7. The Careful Ones
8. Negative Nelly
10. Oh The Sea