In April 2016 Manchester DIY trio False Advertising released their Brainless EP. Self recorded in a garage, the noise-pop record alongside the band’s chaotic instrument-swapping performances quickly garnered word-of-mouth acclaim from the likes of DIY, The Skinny and Punktastic. Leading the band to win PRS funding for their first ever UK tour and gaining the support of Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music), John Kennedy (Radio X), Rob Da Bank, Tom Robinson and BBC Introducing.
Self-proclaimed purveyors of “twisted power-grunge”, False Advertising offer up dreamy soaring male/female harmonies blended with distorted guitars, reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins, Superfood and contemporaries Kagoule. Written during a tumultuous period for the band last year, Brainless mixes themes of boredom, horror and injustice – filtered through a lens of heavy sarcasm. The EP quickly follows their self-titled debut album release in September last year, which saw them hailed by Total Guitar as ‘Guitarists to Watch in 2016’ and was slated as an ‘Album of the Year’ in Manchester Evening News.
June’s release of ‘Give It Your Worst’ via the legendary Too Pure Singles Club (Hookworms, Menace Beach, Pulled Apart By Horses), continues the momentum throughout a number of festival appearances this summer, including Sound City, Dot to Dot and Kendal Calling. The band will continue to gig extensively through the autumn to support a forthcoming new single alongside working towards a new record.
“Surely one of the most gripping examples of punk triumph over personal trauma”
“If False Advertising have reached such a solid level of musicianship within the space of a year, there’s no telling what levels they’ll reach after this”
“Brainless is a celebration of how good – and powerful – it feels to be noisy, in the spirit of a free-wheeler down a steep hill with the sun in your eyes. Breathless, grubby, reckless fun.”
– The Skinny
“Brainless matches their feral grunge-laden riffs to some of the band’s most personal songwriting to date.”
– Clash Music