Super Extra Bonus Party release the third preview from their first album in 14 years out Friday.
‘Feather Helmet Repertoire’ is the final preview before the album is released this Friday 29 September, and gigs in Dublin and Cork this weekend.
The band say it’s their attempt to try, and fail to write a pop song. It’s sung by the band’s bass player Stephen Fahey.
Album is available on Bandcamp on vinyl and digital.
SEBP tour dates
September 29 – Dublin, The Workmans Cellar
September 30 – Cork, Seanie Buttons at Cork Opera House
October 5 – Limerick, Dolans Kasbah
October 6 – Galway, Roisin Dubh
ABOUT LATE NITE 99
Recorded over two weekends in late 2022 in The Meadow, Delgany with Rian Trench, Late Nite 99 is the sound of a more cohesive, thoughtful band, neatly skipping between cinematic faux-westerns, technicolour psychedelia and delicate electronica.
“I wouldn’t say that it’s our ‘grown-up record’ by any stretch, but maybe it’s being comfortable enough with each other to really refine our ideas that gives this a bit more of a focus” says guitarist Gavin Elsted, reflecting on the process behind the finished product. “I think a longer gestation period really helped us figure out what we didn’t want the album to be and gave us the space to write in a way that would allow the album to present itself instead of trying to force things together.”
While this newfound sense of comfort might extend to things behind the scenes, it hasn’t stopped the band trying to be playful wherever they can. From the amazing neon nightmare cover art by Jorge Parras to the title of the record (named after a sighting of one of the band’s parents emerging from the Heuston Supermacs with a post-work ice cream) there’s still a lot of mischief to be found in Super Extra Bonus Party.
“I think that what’s happened with this album is that we’ve learned a lot as musicians over the years, but the dynamic between us has remained the same” Cormac Brady expands. “I think when we set out to make the album, we had a vision that the album would feel a little bit more cohesive and a little less chaotic. But the reality is that we’ve poured all of our new abilities into the exact same mould. No matter how much each of us progress at what we do musically, the way we create together remains unpredictable. That’s what makes it enjoyable and maybe why we’re still doing this after so long!”