Brighton-based punk/emo math quartet I FEEL FINE are pleased to announce that they have signed to Gallows’ label Venn Records in the UK and will release their debut album The Cold In Every Shelter on 10th September 2021.
I FEEL FINE will be touring the UK in support of the record on select live dates in Autumn 2021 with their friends in Watford indie/emo six piece LAKES (Big Scary Monsters) – see below for listings.
As a first taste of the record, the band are proud to reveal the video for lead single ‘SELFSAME’ which is released 29th June 2021 on all good digital service providers.
Commenting on the single, vocalist Nathan Tompkins says: “One of the main recurring themes on the album is me identifying my flaws, in the hope that by challenging them I’d be some steps quicker to dispelling their traces altogether. Writing the lyrics to this one was a real watershed moment in that journey personally, because it’s where it really occurred to me that these problems are not so new as they appear. Sure, they may enter under alternating circumstances or come dressed differently, but the shortfalls I battle today are the very same I’ve been batting off for just shy of two decades at this point. So, this is me exploring that.”
The video for the single is composed from pictures taken by the band and friends along with stock footage, all collaged and animated by Corentin “Corenchien” Cuvelier. “The concept behind it was to take the viewer on a visual journey through weird and wonderful places and abstract landscapes, and come back right where we started, creating parallels between the lyrics and the video,” explains drummer Antoine. “The piece has a lot of ‘infinite tunnels’, also representing the desire to move forward in life but getting stuck in one place.”
Making their first foray into the alt-rock scene in 2018 with their rousing blend of emo, punk and math, Brighton’s I Feel Fine are now finally ready to unleash their stunning debut album. The Cold in Every Shelter is a beautifully honest and heart-swelling set of songs that displays a knack for intricate, technically-minded rock music, delivered with super-strength hooks and the quartet’s distinctively warming gang-vocal delivery.
The forthcoming album was recorded with Tom Hill (Modern Rituals / Jamie Lenman) at The Bookhouse studios in London and mastered by Dan Coutant (The World is a Beautiful Place… / Gnarwolves).
Commenting on the record, the band say: “The album is an inward study of the self, working through personal insecurities and worries of missed opportunities, as well as a general feeling of being out of sync with the rest of the world. However, there is a silver lining in that this is not necessarily a unique complex and, in fact, one that many of us look to overcome.”
Building on the strong foundations set by their 2018 debut EP Long Distance Celebration, I Feel Fine continue to deliver the nostalgically influenced alt-rock sound they tastefully pay homage to (think Crash of Rhinos, The Appleseed Cast, Algernon Cadwallader) while looking towards new and fresh textures, adding post-rock dynamics, subtle orchestral swirls and even some alt-country inflections.
Leading the record’s sonic journey are those grandiose, heart-on-sleeve emo-punk melodies, backed up by the painstaking honesty of guitarist Nathan Tompkins’ lyrics, but it’s the way in which Tompkins shares his vulnerabilities with the rest of his bandmates to sing in unison that gives I Feel Fine their overwhelming sense of unity and brotherhood.
Already building a solid reputation within the DIY community after having toured several times around the UK and Europe with the likes of Free Throw, Sport, and Gulfer, working hard is something I Feel Fine have never struggled to do—this is a band that won’t sit still; who want to step out, connect, and get the entire world singing along with them.
The Cold In Every Shelter Released 10th September 2021 via Venn Records (UK)
I FEEL FINE live dates w/ LAKES:
30.7.21 – London – Signature Brew
19.9.21 – Brighton – The Hope & Ruin
20.9.21 – Cardiff – Venue TBC
21.9.21 – Bristol – The Exchange
22.9.21 – Kingston – Fighting Cocks
I FEEL FINE online:
I FEEL FINE are:
Joe Kool – (guitars/vocals)
Nathan Tompkins – (guitars/vocals)
Antoine Mansion – (drums/vocals)
Jack Holland – (bass/vocals)