Children of the State – ‘Hot Money’

Dark and delicious, Children of The State release their incredible new single ‘Hot Money’

Since their recent relocation to the great city of Manchester, Children Of The State have been working hard. Not only are they releasing their new EP, but it also could be the best name for an EP I have ever heard, ‘Tragic Carpet and the Magical Wasp Gang from Notre Dame’. If the name alone is not enough to hype you up for this project, then the lead single definitely will. Titled ‘Hot Money’, the single gives us a first look into the band’s new sound.

Previous single ‘Big Sur’ was a brilliant, light, summery tune, reminiscent of Alex Turner’s work on the ‘Submarine’ soundtrack. ‘Hot Money’ however, is a dark and deliciously groovy track that you can get your teeth stuck into. 

Opening with a fuzz driven guitar riff the song builds into a psychedelic wall of noise, the drums keep the song going with a steady beat while John McCullah’s vocal performance ties the song together. Written as a seething critique on capitalism and greed, you are put in the mindset of a money-hungry tyrant “I want hot money, I don’t wanna be no one”.

The song then builds into a huge crescendo, adding layer after layer of sounds into the mix. The production on ‘Hot Money’ is impressive – the drums sound crisp and clear and even though there seems to be an endless number of different instruments and sounds happening, you can still hear each of them clearly. With the help of Ian Skelly of The Coral, the band used an old broken tape recorder and squealing horns to take the song to the next level.

‘Tragic Carpet and the Magical Wasp Gang from Notre Dame’ is set for release on the 20th of November.



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