Today Body Type drop their first new music in three years, ‘Sex & Rage‘ with the reveal of their debut album, Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising, out May 20 via Poison City Records. LISTEN + WATCH ‘SEX & RAGE’ HERE.
Rife with frisky guitars and skittish percussion that soars into the chorus, ‘Sex & Rage‘ is a corrosive display of extremes. The doggerel of desire, angst, and euphoria set alight with a rousing plea for exuberance and exhilaration in the face of banality and boredom. Moulding the feel-good indie prowess that saw the band fast rise, ‘Sex & Rage‘ ushers in a new era of Body Type. A ragged rock-punk hybrid, savagely unapologetic in intent and delivery.
Speaking to the release, vocalist Sophie shares “‘Sex & Rage’ is a reflection on finding passion amidst feverish banality. When you are uninspired, when you feel sad that the general public would rather look at their phone screens than what’s hanging on the walls of the Louvre; when lovers leave you just like they always do and everything feels like a cliché – remember the feelings that set you aflame, and the things that make those feelings happen. For me, it’s Body Type and cryptic crosswords.”
Named after and dedicated to writer Eve Babitz‘s cult novel, ‘Sex & Rage‘ is a culmination of the world that Body Type will birth on Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising. In the wake of back-to-back tours and releases, Sophie McComish, Annabel Blackman, Cecil Coleman, and Georgia Wilkinson-Derums regrouped in early 2020, to record their debut album eight days – shortly before they would become separated by the pandemic.
With the release Body Type reconvene their collaborative relationship with music video director Madeline Purdy. Speaking to the visual elements, she reveals “We wanted to show an overabundance of unorthodox, freakish human beauty, but have it stop before total chaos. The strict confines of an audition room setting tinged every character with an inherent yearning to be liked by their audience. The clip had to show that sex and rage are inherent in every human being, but create different characters of us all. Despite that, we’re all on the same stage, singing the same song.”
Like Babitz’s prose, the album is exultant, effusive, playful, cutting, and maybe most significantly, incandescent in its fury. It’s an album all about yanking back control, embracing abandon and purging despair, told through the grizzly margins of rock and punk. Recorded and mastered by Jonathan Boulet, and entirely self-funded, the album sounds joyfully anarchic, bursting with life and autonomy.
Andrew Hayden, the owner of record store and label Poison City Records, is thrilled to announce the news of the band’s signing. He shares, “We fell in love with Body Type after coming across their early EPs a while back – the tracks ’Stingray’ and ‘Palms’ felt especially infectious and exciting, so obviously we’re delighted to be working with Body Type on their debut album this year! Body Type’s attitude and approach to the wide world of independent music is a great fit for Poison City and musically we hear a magical blend of soulful indie-rock and fierce angular-pop that feels urgent and relevant to these modern times.”
Since first forming in 2016, Body Type have shared acclaimed EPs, EP1 and EP2 to global fever and critical acclaim from DIY, NME, Dork, The Line Of Best Fit, The FADER, Stereogum, KEXP, Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, triple j’s Declan Byrne and many more. In between support stages with Fontaines D.C., Big Thief, Cate Le Bon, POND, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Frankie Cosmos, Rolling Blackouts Coast Fever and more, the group have also performed across SXSW, The Great Escape, and headline tours in the US and UK, including a recorded session at the BBC‘s Maida Vale studios.
‘Sex & Rage‘ is out now, buy/stream it here.
Fri 4 Mar – The Retreat – Naarm / Melbourne
Sat 5 Mar – Major Tom’s – Taungurung Land / Kyneton
Sun 6 Mar – Poison City Picnic @ Brunswick Music Festival – Naarm / Melbourne
Fri 8 April – The Lansdowne – Eora / Sydney
Sat 9 April – The Servo – Dharawal Land / Port Kembla
Tickets available here.