Following the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘What Do You Mean Its Not Raining’ which hit no.20 in the UK album chart, Manchester’s Afflecks Palace have returned with ‘Dancing Is Not A Crime’. The track, which was first digitally released on the 31st of August via Spirit Of Spike Island, acts as the lead single off the band’s upcoming sophomore album due in 2023.
The band claim their creation to be as if The Sonics, Baxter Dury and The Smiths collaborated on a track and there are some similarities. Musically, a gripping bassline jumps out immediately, whilst a chiming, jangly guitar pairs with an upbeat tempo to really get people up and at it. A bright and positive vocal from front man J.Fender glistens and really imposes the song’s message. This is especially noticeable with “Come and dance with me”.
Produced by the aforementioned lead vocalist Fender, this track’s guitar and beat run parallel with anthemic post-Floydian and garage surf ideals. It's clear to see why audiences received this track well in recent summer shows.
It's not only audiences who have loved it, this track has found its way into the hearts of critics too. John Robb of Louder Than War reflected: “Every second drips perfect lysergic melody”, whilst Live4ever Magazine called it “So shimmeringly untinged, that it's almost golden”. The NME even put it in its renowned ‘Best New Music Playlist’.
After two self-booked and promoted tours, Afflecks Palace are underway in further UK touring adventures this September. They’ll be supported by labelmates Pastels and Vega Rally and hope to replicate previous feats. Last time out, the band sold out some iconic venues such as Glasgow’s King Tut’s, Manchester’s O2 Academy, Newcastle’s The Cluny and Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms.
Still vehemently DIY in their approach to all aspects of their music’s creation, 2023 looks to be a potentially big year for the group as they emerge into a more mainstream consciousness.