Strangers return with their second single of 2012. Following on from April’s ‘Shine On You’ the 3 piece dark synth pop sorcerers release ‘Safe / Pain’ via Stranger Sounds on August 20th.
Formed in late 2010 and led by former Departure front man David Maddox-Jones the band released 3 EP’s in 2011, which was followed by debut single ‘Shine On You’ this spring to critical success - picking up plaudits from the likes of Disorder, Artrocker and Music Week.
As well as gaining support from various press ‘Shine On You’ was added to the Xfm evening play list, after continued championing from specialists DJ’s Mary Anne Hobbs, Eddy Temple-Morris and John Kennedy, and saw Strangers brake onto Radio 1’s radar with support from Huw Stephens for both the original and remix from Liquid Step wonder kid Draper. Lastly, the track was used by the BBC during their coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix in April.
Since a sold out show at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen for the launch party of ‘Shine On You’, the band have since supported Niki and the Dove on a stretch of UK dates, played with Blancmange at the O2 Academy Islington and more recently confirmed their biggest gig to date, playing Club NME night at London’s KOKO in August; as well as being personally invited buy Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s Paul Humphries to play with members of OMD at the Bush Hall on 19th July.
In traditional Strangers fashion ‘Safe/ Pain’ is another euphoric pop song that sees the vocal hook as the main focus, with rising and pounding synths underlying. For Maddox-Jones it’s an extremely personal song with a universal message - a song about becoming numb and disconnecting from the emotions of life experience.