The Spitfires are a four-piece from Watford who make indie-mod rock n' roll. Following a storming performance at The Isle of Wight Festival earlier this summer, Fred Perry Subculture are very excited to present the exclusive premiere of new track ‘4AM’, due for release as a 7” including unreleased b-side ‘Drowning’, on 14th August.
Boldly wearing their hearts on their sleeves, the new single tips its hat to the likes of The Clash, The Jam, The Specials, The Smiths and Arctic Monkeys complete with a rousing brass section refrain and a tale of the everyday mundane struggles that affect us all at some point in our lives.
"4AM was one of the later tracks to be written for the album” explains front man Billy Sullivan “It's just about being skint and how it makes general living a struggle. Your girlfriend thinks she deserves better than you, the landlord's driving you mad because you haven't paid the rent and in the end you lay awake at night thinking about it. Lyrically I'm not trying to be sophisticated or particularly clever – just painting a picture of mundane life."
The Spitfires were formed in September 2012 by Billy Sullivan (vocals, guitar), who recruited Sam Long (bass) and Matt Johnson (drums) to the cause. They spent their first two years as a trio before augmenting their sound with the addition of Chris Chanell (keyboard, vocals). The band have been building their dedicated fan base the old fashioned way, via a strong work ethic, relentless touring and utterly dedicated, this spirit and attitude is alive and kicking with The Spitfires. Their energetic and powerful live performances have already seen them play over 200 shows and with their growing fan base and reputation it’s no surprise that the band came to the attention of Paul Weller and The Specials who both personally invited them along for support slots in recent months.
Their much anticipated 13-track debut album Response will be released on August 21st 2015 on vinyl, CD and download on their own ‘Catch 22’ record label, via Republic of Music. The band also recently announced a string of autumn and winter UK headline tour dates, as follows:
29th & 30th August - The Prince Albert, Brighton *SOLD OUT*
5th September - The Lomax, Liverpool
11th September - The 100 Club, London *SOLD OUT*
18th September - The Flapper, Birmingham
25th September - The Georgian Theatre
26th September - Think Tank, Newcastle
3rd October - Mill Arts & Events Centre, Rayleigh (supporting Rat Boy)
10th October - The Retro Bar, Manchester
16th October - The Monkey Club, Hamburg, Germany
31st October - The Spa, Bridlington
6th November - The Bassment, Chelmsford
14th November - The Thunderbolt, Bristol
20th November - Audio, Glasgow
21st November - PJ Molloys, Dunfermline
27th November - The Rifle Club, Portsmouth
28th November - The Boileroom, Guildford
5th December - Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa
11th December - 229, London *JUST ADDED*
Photo by Zoe Gorman