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M(h)aol are back as a four-piece with ‘Pursuit’

M(h)aol are back as a four-piece with ‘Pursuit’

MHAOL. Photo: Celeste Burdon.

The four-piece rock band are back with a new single on TULLE/Merge Records.

With the news that the band’s debut album Attachment Styles was re-released on Merge Records last year, the band lost their singing member Róisín Nic Ghearailt would be leaving the group, citing the difficult lifestyle of a touring musician with a chronic condition.

The band are continuing as a four-piece with Constance Keane, who also makes music as Fears and has a second album Affinity on the way this March, taking the lead vocal with the band Zoë Greenway, Jamie Hyland and Sean Nolan.

‘Pursuit’ is the band’s first record in their new era, with Keane’s lyrics narrating the dangerous walk home after a night out.

“’Pursuit’ is about the experience of being followed home. Sadly, I think it’s something most women have experienced, and something that makes you change your behaviour on a very practical level. It first happened to me when I was 12, and it stayed with me for a long time. 

The experience of choosing your outfit based on how quickly it could help you get out of a dangerous situation is something I don’t even notice I’m doing sometimes, and that in itself scares me. What am I doing choosing shoes I know I can run fast in, rather than the ones that would go better with my outfit? 

As a whole, the song is built out of frustration that has accumulated over the past 30 years of being a woman in public.”

M(h)aol are playing the US this summer.

M(h)aol on tour:

Jul 23 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Zone 1 

Jul 24–27 Carrboro, NC – Merge 35

Aug 01 Los Angeles, CA – Genghis Cohen

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