An eclectic mix of art rock and avant pop. There are no boundaries as they move forward” - The Guardian
“The London-based band don’t hold back” - Fader
“Inscrutable and compelling” - Pitchfork
Blue Bendy are back with their first single for new label state51. Notoriously hard to pigeon-hole; their singular art-rock sound combines with elements of hyperpop and midwest emo on new single ‘Mr. Bubblegum’. The accompanying tongue-in-cheek music video is based on a popular dating app, as the viewer is navigated through parodied profiles of the band members, tentatively putting themselves out there online.
‘Mr. Bubblegum’ lands just ahead of a mammoth run of dates as they head on the road with Squid as main support all around the UK and Ireland, culminating in a huge show at London’s Troxy on 1 November. They follow that up with two shows supporting Personal Trainer and a festival appearance at Mutations in Brighton. Full tour dates are listed below.
Singer Arthur Nolan explains the slightly odd inspiration behind the single: “Have you ever been set dressing for a Zara kids photo shoot? We have and it’s hell when you’re in the midst of a messy breakup.”
New single ‘Mr Bubblegum’ follows on from ‘Cloudy’ which Pitchfork claimed it “feels like a panic attack in the park” whilst FADER described it as “a sprawling six-minute epic that plays with quiet/loud dynamics and provides vocalist Arthur Nolan with ample ground to drop references to the subjects tickling his brain”. Both tracks are set to feature on the band’s hotly anticipated debut album which will be released in 2024. More details to follow soon.
2022 saw Blue Bendy release their acclaimed debut EP ‘Motorbike’ in February, following it with a sell-out hometown release show at London’s Peckham Audio. The band spent the year playing over 50 live dates, including a full UK tour with Canadian band Cola and slots at a slew of UK Festivals, including Green Man. Their performance at the latter being described as “Perhaps the most beguiling set of the weekend” by So Young Magazine. 2023 has been a very exciting year for Blue Bendy, playing festivals like End of the Road, signing to state51 and being touted as an Artist To Watch by The Guardian.