Patawawa return with “That Guy”!
Matlock indie/pop/disco trio Patawawa return with “That Guy”, another upbeat future pop classic recorded live and direct in their bedrooms and out today in all the usual places. The single arrives having received its world premiere at half time at Sheffield United’s first match back in the premiership, not something you often get to say and with the band having won a new fan in the shape of Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown who handpicked the bands music to soundtrack her new ‘Florence’ brand, exposing them to millions of potential new fans.
So all in all it’s been another wild month for Beth, Rory and Sam and continues with not just this single but two shows later this month which see the band headlining alongside a lineup of friends (Sheffield on Sept 19 with Tungz and Coco Don’t and London on the 21st with Karma Kid). Having spent the summer festival season getting sunburnt, rained on, playing main stages and impromptu parties alike, all often in the space of one weekend, the trio tried their hand at recording in a real studio with their last EP, “That Guy” sees Sam, Beth and Rory go back to their bedroom roots to conjure up an exuberant explosion of funk bass lines, disco beats, massive pop choruses all tied together with a DIY indie sensibility.
“After our adventures in Paris we decided to go ‘back to bedroom’ with this track (not to be confused with “Back To Bedlam” – James Blunt (RIP)),”explains Beth. “We drafted in a good Matlock mate of ours, Karma Kid, to give the song a bit of xtra pizzazz and I have to say we are more than made up with the result. We just can’t wait to share this absolute bop with you all!” Picked by NME as Ones to Watch in 2018 before their debut EP had even been released, the Matlock band have enjoyed an incredible 18 months, finding favour with everyone from BBC Radio DJs Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson and Lauren Laverne to Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who launched her new brand ‘Purple’ this summer dancing along to the band’s hit “Patagonia”.
Having been tipped by the likes of The Line of Best Fit, The Guardian, Clash and many more picking up comparisons to artists ranging from Chic to Madonna, Two Door Cinema Club to Foals, Patawawa have quickly defined their own sound, honed on a series of increasingly riotous festival appearance and sold out tours of the UK. Out of the quiet town of Matlock come Patawawa – a Nu-Disco trio that blends beats to pump blood, glittered guitar riffs and basslines that bite. The three-piece have crafted a sound that stays true to the neon roots of funk and disco, but dress it with a cheekyness that could only have come out of Derbyshire.
Hailed as Matlock’s hottest new export, their brand of Nu-Disco and Funk is bound to get you grooving on the dance floor. Staunch support from BBC DJ Dean Jackson, has seen them rise to the list of most played bands on BBC Introducing East Midlands for the third year in a row placing at 5th most played in 2016. 2016 saw Patawawa release a string of hits including Back to Life (a collaboration with upcoming French producer, Roman Kouder) and summertime pop hit “Red and White”. They were featured as The Guardian’s Band of the Week and mentioned in several Best of lists of 2016. They released their first EP “Hold Tight” at the end of 2016 on Soundplate Records to rave reviews, the lead single “Could Be Love” featured on Radio 6 Music and remixed by Brooklyn dance titans ‘French Horn Rebellion’.