2020 was the year that Wigan outfit The Lathums announced their emphatic arrival and, continuing momentum, they’ve started 2021 as they mean to go on by sharing the visuals for the hook-laden new song ‘Foolish Parley’.
The track features on their EP, Ghosts, which they released in October and the single is a dazzling way to bring in the New Year. Their 2020 saw the band get signed to Island Records and selling out a headline tour in a matter of minutes before the pandemic stole the shows away. However, despite the problems that the year threw at them, their ascendancy to stardom continues to rise vigorously. This year looks set to see The Lathums build upon the foundations they laid down in 2020.
‘Foolish Parley’ is a darker track by The Lathums’ standards. However, despite the gloomy theme and eeriness, it is still an incessantly catchy effort that will continuously play on a loop in your head and is another shining example of frontman Alex Moore’s divine lyricism.
The track’s video cultivates influences from iconic films like Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian A Clockwork Orange and Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as the Joker. Although both these films’ premise are incredibly dark, The Lathums’ 2021 couldn’t look any brighter.
Commenting about the track, frontman Alex Moore said: “Being honest, this just came to me out of nowhere, I can’t pinpoint from exactly where or why. Like a lot of songs, it was something that flowed freely, working first time and, sometimes, it takes no more thinking about than that.”
Meanwhile, the band recently confirmed that they had finished recording their debut album under The Coral’s James Skelly’s supervision. “Well it certainly hasn’t been a year we expected it to be,” they posted on social media. “On the bright side, we’ve done things we’d never expect to happen. We got signed by Island Records, sold out our UK tour, got a number one single and performed live on TV.
“Not playing live has been tough for us but thankfully we’ve been in the studio and out time has been occupied. So we’re happy to tell you our debut album is finished and will be released in 2021,” The Lathums added.
While 2020 threw the band as many obstacles as it did opportunities, ‘Foolish Parley’ is an impressive start to the year for a group who look set to grab 2021 with both hands and potentially make themselves household names.