It’s taken four months, but literary performance punks, CABBAGE launch a late missive from the hills surrounding Manchester with a typically vivid promo for their Black Grape-inspired single, GET OUTTA MY BRAIN. A wiry tribute to the nerve-jarring electricity of their home city, the single rushed out during the steamy days of summer, whilst the video has waited to warm the damp days that followed.
A statement from the band reads: “As convoluted as this may seem, our video release is a perfect reflection of the topsy-turvy, wham-bam schedules we’ve all faced in 2020. It is with great pleasure though that we can finally reveal our visual backdrop to Get Outta My Brain. Once again crafted by GULP films, the team that brought you the whole art style to Amanita Pantherina.
“A special thank you goes to the builder we found wandering about town on a session, who helped fill the gaps and played that Dyson Hoover like no one ever has. Jordan Flanagan, we are forever in your debt. Album copies are still available to purchase. Onwards.”
Fighting fear of silence with two statement singles in the form of the Coronation Street-inspired, YOU’VE MADE AN ARTFORM (FROM FALLING TO PIECES) and the multicoloured, Shaun Ryder-indebted splash of GET OUTTA MY BRAIN, the re-energised five-piece struck out with a fresh sense of optimism this year as they prepared to release their second album, Amanita Pantherina. Born to the world in September, it delivered another 11-tracks of crackling, amped-up, socially-conscious and literary punk-pop.
Appearing to fade out their first, epic chapter in brooding black and white, the five-piece turned a page to re-emerge in a cartoonish state of heightened, neon-hued consciousness, facing down the darkness of modern Britain with renewed, energetic abandon.
Featuring a glorious homecoming to Manchester’s Gorilla, recently rescued from closure, and a return to Lafayette in London, Cabbage also announced they will hit the road next year. Their Amanita Pantherina 2021 Tour dates are as follows:
- Wed 5 May Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
- Thu 6 May Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
- Fri 7 May Newcastle, Riverside
- Sat 8 May Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
- Thu 13 May London, Lafayette
- Fri 14 May Manchester, Gorilla
- Sat 15 May Liverpool, The New Jimmy’s
- Thu 20 May Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
- Fri 21 May Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill
- Sat 22 May Preston, The Ferret
- Thu 27 May Bristol, The Fleece
- Fri 28 May Brighton, Patterns
- Sat 29 May Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Older and wiser, yet unchanged in their mission, Cabbage – made up of Lee Broadbent (vocals), Joe Martin (vocals/guitar), Eoghan Clifford (guitar), Paddy Neville (bass) and Asa Morley (drums) – self-produced and recorded Amanita Pantherina in their own Brassica Studios, Mossley. Long-term, technical collaborator, Chris Stockton was on hand for the album sessions to ensure the right buttons got pressed.
Having deftly documented the turbulent times of modern Britain since 2017, machine-gunning wry takes on the banal, absurd and cruel – from the Brexit non-anthem of Raus! to the prescient, pharmaceutically-orientated, Medicine – the band aims to remain a vital voice of the times in which we live.
Since forming, Cabbage have occupied provocative territory by promoting progressive politics and supporting charitable causes through their live shows, leading them to be featured the BBC Radio Four documentary ‘The Art of Now: Band Politics’. At the same time as headlining sell-out UK tours, the band played Edgeley Park with Blossoms in 2019 and launched their debut album with a one-off, specially-curated exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery.