UpClose with Sad Boys Club

Photo: Jordan Logan

The London outfit stopped by for a chat with us about all things sad boys following the release of their brand new single.

London four-piece Sad Boys Club have returned with their latest single ‘Could Have Beens (& What Ifs)’, dontinuing to usher in something of a new era for the outfit. The track sees the band continue to showcase their diversity and the wide pool of influences that they borrow from, crafting an impassioned, brooding, gothic sound that is met with a huge, show-stealing chorus.

Sad Boys Club seem to be intensely potent when it comes to the art of crafting big, catchy tunes that pack a really sincere and resonating edge, melding style and substance in a captivating and affecting way. In collaboration with our friends at CloseUp, we had a quick chat with the band and found out a bit more about the outfit, the new music and what they’ve been up to since the last time we spoke.

Sad Boys Club! It’s great to sit down and have a proper chat (Kinda). We’re such big fans of your music as you well know. How are you coping with lockdown?

Thanks Clout, it’s good to speak to you again. I feel like this has all gone on long enough that there is no coping anymore, there’s just a continuation of existence in some form. I have continued to exist up to this point and, somewhat bravely, have no plans to stop. I am an ontological icon.

What part of the musical process do you enjoy most, and why? is it performing live, creating your tracks, or..?

There’s quite a harsh nostalgia for live shows going about at the moment but performing has always been what I enjoy the most; the fear, the sweat, the release. Did you see that film ‘Soul’? It’s my ‘zone’. I do not like being in the studio beyond the initial world-building or conceptualisation of a song, I genuinely think it makes me quite unwell; the others will all sit around listening to 700 snare drums thinking ‘quality Sunday’.

Listening to Sad Boys Club for a number of years, it’s clear you’re a multi-faceted band, not really confined by one specific genre. Is this intentional, or a consequence of your surroundings?

It’s not unintentional – we don’t listen to one specific genre so why would we write in one? The idea of genre is pretty antiquated I think, it’s not something that interests me, i think they’re best used to help point to something as being reductive or boring.

We for one are absolutely missing live shows/festivals more than ever thought. If you were to create a ‘Sad Boys Club Festival’ then WHO would be your 3 headliners?

I’d take James Murphy and Soulwax’s Despacio, Paramore and then maybe like Nils Frahm. I’m hoping to see more of the festivals we play engage with the idea of a zen Sunday line-up. Up the Zen.

Describe your latest single, ‘Could Have Beens (& What Ifs?)’, in 4 words exactly..!

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