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released as part of the Scratch My Progress programme, Trombone is our debut single, and we're super proud of it. countless thanks to the Oh Yeah Centre for facilitating all of this <3


my grandad's trombone
the shoes i wore through on oxfordshire roadsides
the consumptive fight against my body's
assumptions of who i should be

the scarf she gave me which i've
come to peace with and disregarded

the songs i never quite finished and the acheing feeling
things are better than my brain makes out

the cane-handled umbrella
a notebook dripping pink hair-dye precipitously
old friends who bonded unnaturally
getting married

the way brian sella says
the way everyone leaves eventually, a lack of easy answers
and the violin i never learned

fuck it tonight all we want is a maximum mitigation of damage for a president
fuck it tonight all we want is a drink and a smoke
i'll tear down the town hall and break my nice glasses
take tiles from the roof and we'll play noughts and crosses
i'll make blanket forts diligently outside in the snow

the EP i actually finished
the fact it's not very good
and a terabyte harddrive
the most valuable thing i own

YA fiction
italian lessons
my dodgy right knee
that's me

YA fiction
italian lessons
my dodgy right knee
that's me


released September 11, 2017


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Strange New Places Northern Ireland, UK

Strange New Places are a band of right-on radicals with low self-esteem. Assembled in Belfast, nestled between folk punk and power pop, we're often found singing about politics, mental health, and queerness (when we're not quoting 90s TV and getting in peoples way). Are we hot?
We are not.
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