Declan Welsh & The Decadent West announce second album ‘2’, arriving September 22nd, & share lead single ‘King Of My Head’, out today (February 22nd)
Titans of the alternative scene with a poetic lyrical flow… no one knows how to whip up a mosh pit like DWDW. I should know, I’ve been in the centre of one” Jack Saunders (BBC Radio 1)
Glasgow indie specialists Declan Welsh & The Decadent West announce eagerly anticipated second record ‘2’, arriving September 22nd via Frictionless Music, and shares scintillating lead track ‘King Of My Head’, out today (February 22nd).
Recorded between Los Angeles and Glasgow throughout the previous twelve months, the band’s upcoming LP offers a distinct shift from the taut alternative rock that saw them gather a fervent fan base across Scotland, the rest of the UK, Europe and the Americas – signalling a band with ambitions far beyond what they’ve already achieved.
Encapsulating a band with expanded horizons, harnessing a broad scope of influence from ‘In Rainbows’ era Radiohead, to the New Romantic electronic soaked music of the 1980’s, the album was written and demoed entirely from Welsh’s bedroom and showcases their natural transition in sound, whilst retaining the acerbic lyricism and melodic focus present on their earlier work.
Preceded by first LP reveal ‘Mercy’ last autumn, the thriving quartet are primed to capitalise on their most successful year yet as a band, following a string of sold-out UK shows (including their biggest ever headline gig at Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom & Twin Atlantic support tour), and having also seen their ‘It’s Been A Year’ EP longlisted for 2022’s Scottish Album of the Year Awards alongside the likes of Walt Disco and The Ninth Wave.
With a whole host of new material ready to be unleashed over the coming months, the four-piece are certainly ready to build on widespread press acclaim (The Independent, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, Clash, Under The Radar, Gigwise, The Forty-Five) and BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders, Jordan North) attention, whilst on the live front they’ll be hitting the road in April for a mini UK tour, before a prestigious slot on the main stage at TRNSMT in July before Pulp.
Detailing their newest effort, Welsh explained: “The lyrics are about kidding yourself that you’re in control. I’m the King of My Head, tell me who would rule instead? Cos see when your head’s working against you, you think to yourself sometimes – this is me. I’m doing this. I can stop this. I can think my way out of feeling this way. But the tool you have to fix the problem is the same one that causes it. Like fixing a hole in the wall with a hammer”.
Produced by Grammy nominated, Mercury Award winning producer Gianluca Buccaletti (Arlo Parks, Big Piig, Easy Life) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Beach House, Bjork, Big Thief, Slowdive), Declan Welsh & The Decadent West’s ‘King Of My Head’ is out February 22nd via Frictionless Music and will be available on all digital platforms.
The Decadent West are Declan Welsh (lead vocals, guitar), Duncan McBride (guitar), Ben Corlett (bass), Murray Noble (drums)
13th Apr – Nottingham, Rough Trade14th Apr – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 21st Apr – Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield 22nd Apr – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh 7th July – TRNSMT, Glasgow (main stage w/ Pulp)
4th Nov – Lions Den, Manchester5th Nov – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham 7th Nov – The Louisiana, Bristol 8th Nov – Leicester University, Leicester 9th Nov – Omeara, London 10th Nov – Joiners, Southampton 11th Nov – Komedia Studio, Brighton 12th Nov – Horn, St Albans 14th Nov – Oporto, Leeds 15th Nov – The Grove, Newcastle 16th Nov – Tunnels, Aberdeen
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.