Fast rising London punk 5-piece Chubby and the Gang have shared a new song and accompanying music video. Lightning Don’t Strike Twice was premiered yesterday evening by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, and is part of a double A-side 7″ out on May 28th via Partisan that will feature another new track entitled Life’s Lemons. Lightning Don’t Strike Twice is a three-minute ride through the band’s entire moodboard – opening with lap slide noodling before steering into anthemic pub rock with snarling lyrics. The video was directed by Jasper Cable-Alexander, and takes inspiration from ’90s internet cafés.
Speaking of the track, frontman Charlie ‘Chubby’ Manning offers: “I wrote this song about social inequality. Not mine but the people I saw around me. I feel like the whole premise of poverty is presented like this game in which if you play your cards right you can escape. In reality it’s more like playing a game of dice when they’re loaded against your favour. Constantly being struck by lightning and being told that it will never happen again. I remember witnessing someone’s telephone voice where they had to change their voice when conducting business or applying for jobs so they don’t come across as if they are from a lower class.”
“I wrote the last verse about that because it disgusted me that in a system supposedly created on meritocracy a human being has to change their identity to try and shake unemployment. I’ve had very few jobs that required me to go for an interview. No one really cares who you are when you drive a minicab or lay out cables so I’m lucky in that sense. But many people aren’t.”
Both Lightning Don’t Strike Twice and Life’s Lemons will appear on the band’s highly anticipated second LP due out later this year. More music + info on that coming soon!
The band have also announced a bumper 40-date tour of the UK and Ireland through November and December of this year offering a chance for many to finally see just why they’ve become one of the most exciting and talked-about punk bands in the world over the past year. All dates go on sale at 10am this Friday, March 16th.
The band have announced several dates in Yorkshire. They will perform at The Polar Bear in Hull on November 8th, The Hebden Bridge Trades Club on November 10th, The Parish in Huddersfield on November 17th, and the Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds on December December 9th 2021. They also have 2 dates at Delicious Clam in Sheffield on November 19th and 20th 2021.