Newly signed to Xtra Mile Recordings, the ferocious punk duo deux furieuses have announced the release of their new album ‘My War is Your War’ (18 October 2019), the long-awaited follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Tracks of Wire’ (2016).
Following its first play on John Kennedy’s Radio X Xposure show last night, Year of Rage – the first single to be taken from ‘My War is Your War’ – is released today and available across streaming services and as an instant free download on all album pre-orders here.
Year of Rage was penned on New Year’s Eve leading into the centenary of Votes for Women and celebrates the #MeToo movement. Its accompanying video features art direction from both Jimmy Cauty (The KLF) and Alannah Currie (ex-Thompson Twins aka Miss Pokeno), with the latter also making a cameo appearance in the video. Currie’s Feel the Rage blog inspired the red flag imagery on ‘My War is Your War’ album artwork. As deux furieuses expand:
“We are honoured to have artists/musicians Dan Donovan and Jimmy Cauty (The KLF) behind the lense for our new Year of Rage video. Artist Alannah Currie (Thompson Twins) and Jimmy Cauty opened up their Doyce Street studio to us providing art ideas, inspiration and red flags!”
deux furieuses are Scottish vocalist and guitarist Ros Cairney and London Greek drummer Vas Antoniadou. Since their beginnings in 2013 they have earned a reputation for uncompromising politically charged rock which has seen them championed by the likes of Q Magazine, Classic Rock, Louder Than War, and Radio X DJ John Kennedy, whose enthusiasm caught the attention of Frank Turner leading to the duo supporting him at the Roundhouse, London for Lost Evenings Festival 2017.
Raised on a fiery blend of Irish and Greek music, 80’s post-punk and 90’s alt rock, and bonding over a love of early PJ Harvey and Kate Bush, their music is a visceral and impassioned call to arms against the world’s inequalities and rising storms.
‘My War is Your War’ lyrically and musically expands on their debut album ‘Tracks of Wire’. It takes the post-punk and Riot Grrrl influences of the predecessor and injects it with a darker rock sound, an angrier sonic energy representing the alarming rise of social injustices and right-wing power since the debut’s release.
Brooding post-punk tracks Words of Warning and Let Them Burn, with its echoes of early PJ Harvey, are dark shades respectively inspired by a visit to Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin and the horrors of Grenfell. Title track My War is Your War is a wide-screen story of different worlds colliding powered by a driving loop that carries the sparse instrumentation to its devastating conclusion.
The album’s first single Year of Rage, Thorns and Wired to Hate offers an exhilarating rock release from the tension. Whilst on songs like Civilians and Song for Kat brutalised riffs tackle the alarming rise of ‘fake news’ which negates not only the truth but also our humanity while the latter looks at suicide based on a personal experience of the band.
‘My War is Your War’ is a collection of blisteringly powerful songs with a visceral energy that perfectly soundtracks the frightening and unjust times we live in today, but with a message of empowerment and hope for change.
1. Year Of Rage
3. My War is Your War
4. Song for Kat
6. Words Of Warning
7. Let Then Burn
8. Cruel Winter
9. Give Me the Rope
10. Wired to Hate
11. Are We Mental?
The album is produced by Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) and mixed by Mark Freegard (The Breeders). It is released on 18 October on Vinyl, CD and Digitally. On the same day deux furieuses debut album ‘Tracks of Wire’ will be re-released, both via Xtra Mile Recordings.
Pre-order ‘My War is Your War’ here.
Catch deux furieuses on tour with Oxygen Thief and at 2000 Trees Festival (Xtra Mile takeover stage) in July, with more dates to be announced soon:
8 July: Crofters Rights, Bristol *
9 July: The Monarch, London *
10 July: The Castle, Manchester *
12 July: 2000 Trees Festival (Xtra Mile takeover stage)
17 October: Kick Out the Jams, The Dublin Castle, London (Album Launch)
*Supporting Oxygen Thief