’68 are a duo from Atlanta, made up of vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin (formerly of The Chariot and Norma Jean) and drummer Michael McClellan (formerly of Becoming the Archetype). Taking Garage rock as a blueprint, the duo warp and twist the genre into a vicious new beast that is a sound all of their own making. Their debut album, In Humour and Sadness (released through eOne Music / Good Fight Music) sounds like it’s in a constant state of collapse, only for the band to wrestle the music back from the brink of destruction and take it in to completely unexpected and uncharted new territories.
The band has already been making waves in certain cross sections of the music industry. The initial pressing of their self-released 7”, Midnight, sold out in less than a day. The band has had songs from their debut played on Radio 1 via Zane Lowe and Daniel P Carter. They’ve even come up with a novel idea for a music video, by releasing a pair of videos via YouTube which have to be played in unison in order to hear the song perfectly (which you can attempt for yourself below.)
Evoking, but never directly mimicking a number of different bands from The White Stripes, through Nirvana with a dash of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, In Humour and Sadnesss is an incendiary blast of raw schizophrenic punk rock. Instruments are brought into the mix and then just as quickly discarded, as if the two musicians had ADHD. With the occasional electronica flourish and moments of haunting beauty thrown into the mix, the disparate elements all come together to create one electrifying whole.
The band have already played an extensive tour across the United States with Listener and The Homeless Gospel Choir in tow and are now coming over to the UK in August to play a number of dates in support of their debut album.
AUG 1 Kingston, The Cricketer’s
AUG 2 Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
AUG 3 Leicester, Sick Sick Six Festival
AUG 4 Swansea, Static
AUG 5 Dublin, Fibber Maggee’s
AUG 6 Glasgow, Classic Grand
AUG 7 Middlesborough, The Crown
AUG 8 Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
AUG 15 Hevy Open Air Festival
AUG 16 Southampton, Avondale House
AUG 17 London, Garage
Tickets for the tour can be purchased here
In Humour and Sadness is available to order hereTagged in: '68, Atlanta, Midnight, music
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