Based between York and London, …And The Hangnails have not let distance come between the two-piece, when it comes to writing, recording and relentless gigging. The band, made up of guitarist, Martyn Fillingham and drummer, Steven Reid have a very proactive mindset when it comes to writing and playing music.
This mindset struck a chord with Yorkshire label, Young Thugs Records and has seen …And The Hangnails snapped up by the new label.
With plans for a full-length and extensive touring later in the Spring, …And The Hangnails are set to release the new single ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ through all usual digital retailers on 17th March 2017.
Speaking on signing, guitarist Martyn Fillingham said, ‘We are very excited to announce that we are signing to Young Thugs Records and we are very much looking forward to releasing a ton of new music with them.
‘It’s great to be working with a label that totally understands our ethos and has shown total support in regards to our creative ideas and direction.
‘Young Thugs have already given us loads of support and inspiration and given us a healthy kick up the arse, which is great because we are sat on a wealth of dirty garage rock hits and we cannot wait for you to hear them.”
Young Thugs Records’ label manager, Dave Greenbrown said, ‘Everyone at Young Thugs Records are proud and privileged to have the opportunity to work with a band as immense as And The Hangnails.
‘When we first saw these raucous reprobates we couldn’t believe that they weren’t already a cult alternative sensation. We’re looking forward now to helping them become one.’
Having played in numerous bands previously, the two gentlemen decided to go alone due to being tired and frustrated of how long it took to write or get things done with more members. With this DIY and positive mentality, the band self-funded all of their recorded output, created their own artwork and booked their own tours, until now, now having linked up with the York based record label, Young Thugs Records.
Having been previously tipped by the likes of NME and Radio 1, …And The Hangnails have build an impressive back catalogue of, self proclaimed, ‘Loud-As-Fuck-Guitar-Pop’. 2011’s ‘No Time For Naysayers’ was written and recorded in just 4 days, using a H2 Zoom Dictaphone. Second album, ‘BARE’ was released in 2012 and most recently, ‘Rut’ was released in July 2014, to critical acclaim.
Priding themselves on extensive gigging, …And The Hangnails have played and toured all over the UK and aren’t adverse to playing the odd unusual spot. Along the way, they have had the Police shut down a show at a rowdy house party in Leeds, as well as support slots with The Fall, Slaves, Deap Vally, Titus Andronicus, The Damned, DZ Deathrays and Drenge.
…And The Hangnails challenge themselves on finding creativity from within the limitations of being only a two-piece. Guitar player, Martyn, builds and designs his own custom guitars, recently making a guitar from his old skateboard deck (here). To fill their sound, Martyn worked extensively on the wiring and set up of his guitars, building a whole new layer to …And The Hangnails sound.
‘Don’t Waste My Time’ will be released through Young Thugs Records on 17th March 2017 through all usual digital retailers