To mark the start of their UK and Europe headline tour, Newcastle via Brighton trio Demob Happy have shared a brand new single ‘Sweet & Sour America‘, out today via Liberator Music. Despite the band’s new album Divine Machines only just being released, ‘Sweet & Sour America‘ is a previously unheard anthem, adding to the band’s ever-growing, riff-driven repertoire. Listen now, and watch the Soslow-produced video via the links below:


Speaking about the meaning behind the new single, Demob Happy frontman Matthew Marcantonio says, “America’s a beautiful place, but we’ve seen both sides on the tours we’ve done there, the highs and the lows, and it never fails to strike a chord. This is our ode to the strange dichotomy of America.”

Praised for their highly energetic and impeccable live show, the band will embark on their extensive UK and EU headline tour from this evening, with the first show on this run to take place at the iconic Thekla in Bristol. Full date listings are below, after which they’ll be headed stateside for a run of shows with Death from Above 1979


Wednesday 6th September – Thekla, Bristol

Thursday 7th September – Mama Roux, Birmingham

Friday 8th September – The Key Club, Leeds

Saturday 9th September – Yes (Pink Room), Manchester – SOLD OUT

Sunday 10th September – Audio, Glasgow – SOLD OUT

Tuesday 12th September – The Cluny, Newcastle – SOLD OUT

Wednesday 13th September – Bodega, Nottingham

Thursday 14th September – Village Underground, London

Friday 15th September – Chalk, Brighton

Tuesday 19th September – Helios37, Koln

Wednesday 20th September – Melkweg, Amsterdam – SOLD OUT

Friday 22nd September – Pumphuset, Kobenhavn

Saturday 23rd September – Mejeriet, Lund

Tuesday 26th September – Bahnhof Pauli, Hamburg

Wednesday 27th September – Badehaus, Berlin

Thursday 28th September – Kranhalle, Munchen

Friday 29th September – Werkk, Baden

Saturday 30th September – Arci Bellezza, Milano

Monday 2nd October – La Nau, Barcelona

Tuesday 3rd October – Moby, Madrid

Wednesday 4th October – Le Pingouin Alternatif

Friday 6th October – La Boule, Paris – SOLD OUT

Saturday 7th October – Effenaar, Eindhoven

With the release of their new album Divine Machines (listen here), Demob Happy stepped into a new era, seeing them conquer worlds previously uncharted. In January, the trio unleashed raucous first single ‘Voodoo Science’,  earning the covers of The Rock List and New Noise on Spotify, and racking up several plays on BBC Radio 1 with Clara Amfo and Jack Saunders, with the latter stating “it’s like Daft Punk got abandoned in the desert and found by Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age.” ‘Voodoo Science’ saw further support from Rolling Stone UK, DIY, CLASH, Dork, Upset, Official Charts and NotionLouder Sound heralded the single one of their Tracks of The Week, which doomsday follow up ‘Run Baby Run’ also saw inclusion from. ‘Run Baby Run’ additionally earned Demob their first ever BBC 6 Music play.

Since forming more than a decade ago back in hometown Newcastle, Demob Happy have earned every increasingly exciting career milestone through a combination of hard graft and gritty determination that would KO most bands. They’ve gigged incessantly, building on the excitement surrounding 2015 debut album Dream Soda with NME saying “the band balance heaviness with hooks, antagonism with hedonism”, and 2018’s Holy Doom which DIY proclaimed as an “absolute stormer”. Their albums and string of knock out singles since 2019 have seen the band amass well over 45 million collective streams.

They’ve toured the USA four times, gigged with Jack White, Band Of Skulls, Royal Blood, The Amazons (with White even inviting the band on stage to jam), opened the main stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, headlined London’s iconic SCALA and received critical acclaim from The Guardian, Independent, DIY, Kerrang, The Line of Best Fit, Dork, BBC Radio 1 and many more. In between all that, they’ve continued to meticulously hone the inner workings of their practice, with Matthew fine-tuning his production chops to the point where they can take everything in-house.

History has shown that a band’s third album is when shit starts to get real – their particular alchemy stamps its personality in ways that no other configuration of individuals can do; when the outside voices have been tempered and all that’s left is a perfect cocktail of confidence, skill and momentum. It’s a theory that’s been proven time and time again, and one that Demob Happy are underlining with their third album Divine Machines; one that harnesses their delicate tightrope of heaviness and melody, sweetness and riffs, and rides it up to the stratosphere.

Sweet & Sour America – single out now

Divine Machines – the new album out now on Liberator



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