Who Wants Cilla? (Big Stir Digital Single No. 43)
Hot on the heels of the announcement of BIG STIR RECORDS' partnership with FUTUREMAN RECORDS, the BSR Singles Series (at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles as always) is thrilled to kick things off with an all-new double A-Side from one of our sister label's leading lights! THE HANGABOUTS are back with “Who Wants Cilla?” b/w “Mrs. Greene”, out Friday, September 13 and available for pre-order now!
The Hangabouts are a renowned Detroit-area melodic pop band made up of John Lowry, Gregory Addington, and Chip Saam (also known as the host of Indie Pop Takeout on WHFR-FM in Dearborn, MI). Their breakthrough 2017 album Kits & Cats & Saxon Wives (on Futureman) was hailed as a pop-rock tour de force, landing on many a critic's “Year”s Best” list and drawing an extended comparison to The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society from Rick Warhall (Chasing The Essential). Fans of power pop, psychedelic pop and British Invasion bands will hear familiar sounds mixed with lyrical sophistication.
These sides mark the band's first major recordings since K&C&SW. They continue in the wistful melodic vein of that record while offering a glimpse of what's to come... one an aural love letter to the record listening experience itself, the other a bittersweet country-by-way-of-the-Mersey shuffle. Perhaps THE HANGABOUTS explain it best in their own words:
“Do they advance, or do they retreat? Is this the future or are we marching back in time? Maybe we’re just going in circles with The Hangabouts, with each revolution bringing us closer to the moment when the playback arm lifts and we find we are no longer surrounded by ringing guitars and thwacking drums. With the double A side single, Who Wants Cilla? / Mrs. Greene, there is a nostalgia for simpler times, tempered with the knowledge that all we have is now. Maybe that wine should be opened! Maybe going back to school wasn’t so bad? Maybe she wants to be stuck between your ears? Maybe I do.”
More from THE HANGABOUTS can be found at www.futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com and through the Big Stir Records website itself as the partnership kicks into high gear with this exciting new release! Stand by for more...