Écrit sur une période de plus d’un an pendant le confinement, At the Hotspot, produit par Joe Goddard et Al Doyle de Hot Chip, reprend l’énergie tapageuse que Warmduscher a solidifiée sur leur album Tainted Lunch, acclamé par la critique en 2019, et l’injecte avec un son funk des années 80 un peu plus poli, un peu comme si vous rentriez en titubant dans votre loft squatté après une soirée arrosée à la discothèque locale.
C’est croustillant à l’extérieur, doux à l’intérieur, et pourrait être la musique la plus immédiatement agréable que Warmduscher nous ait jamais gratifiée.
Warmduscher are a London-based post-punk band formed in 2014 and currently signed to The Leaf Label. « The offspring of a match made in hell between Fat White Family and Paranoid London », Warmduscher are Clams Baker Jr (Craig Louis Higgins Jr), Lightnin’ Jack Everett (Jack Everett), Quicksand (Adam J Harmer), Mr. Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Ben Romans-Hopcraft) and The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Quinn Whalley). Formed on New Year’s Eve 2014 as an impromptu band to play at a house party, the initial line up featured Higgins on vocals and Harmer on drums alongside Saul Adamczewski and Lias Kaci Saoudi of Fat White Family on bass and guitar respectively.
The group then continued as a quintet, with Everett (drums), Romans-Hopcraft (bass) and Whalley (noise/electronics) replacing Harmer and Saoudi. Clash (magazine) called the group « the sleaziest, most debauched, and downright addictive experiences in London’s guitar underground right now ».
The band’s first album, Khaki Tears, was released on 11 May 2015 on Trashmouth Records. Described as « the finest of filth » and « fractured rock and roll at its best » by Louder Than War, the band explain the album’s title as « the time it takes for you to pluck up the courage for something » and « the ability to cry while eating your cake no matter what it’s made of ».
The album was followed by the single Big Wilma/Neon Tongues, produced by Dan Carey and released on The Leaf Label on 12 January 2018. Described as a « mix of in-your-face punk and sinister electronica », the single was made available on a limited edition run of 300 7″ singles.
Warmduscher’s second album, Whale City, was released on The Leaf Label on 1 June 2018 and has been described by the band as « a playground for the people that have stepped above and beyond their comfort zone ». Too Many Blogs called the album « dangerously debauched, infested with twisted riffs and cleverly assembled by Dan Carey’s production ». »Standing On The Corner’, the second single from Whale City, was released on 6 April 2018 and called a « knock out blow » by Clash Magazine. This was followed by third single « 1000 Whispers » on 16 May 2018. Saul Adamczewski left the band shortly after the recording of Whale City. Fellow ‘Fat White Family’ member Adam J Harmer then took over on guitar.
On 24 July 2019 the band released « unhinged but…fantastically entertaining » single « Midnight Dipper » from upcoming album Tainted Lunch. The album was released on The Leaf Label on 1 November 2019 and features guest appearances by Iggy Pop and Kool Keith.
BBC 6 Music placed Tainted Lunch album at #6 in their Albums of the Year 2019