Thursday, 12 March 2015


Ralph's played tracks by Affairs regularly on his Radio KC Indie Show since hearing their single Cressida nearly two years ago.  Now they're releasing a new single Blood Science on Monday 15th March so it's time to renew acquaintances.

From scattered English Counties, the band members of Affairs met at Hull University, drawn together by their mutual appreciation of 80’s music, art, slick hair, tight jeans and loose hips.

Manchester based Affairs style themselves a sharply-dressed quintet but they're far from style over substance and have earned a widening reputation for their ethereal and theatrical live performances, considered lyrics and synth-based electro-pop rock.

Their music contains elements that are both uniquely modern and nostalgic, as laptop-made samples and loops combine seamlessly with vintage Rickenbacker guitars and expressive, baritone vocals.

Comparisons have been drawn to artists as diverse as Foals, The Smiths, Wild Beasts and Spandau Ballet. I can pay them no bigger compliment than that they remind me of The Lotus Eaters at their height circa 1983 when they were writing the perfect pop songs including The First Picture Of You.

Affairs have supported the likes of Alt-J, Circa Waves, Dog is Dead, Coasts, Young Kato, Nothing But Thieves, As Elephants Are and JAWS.

For your chance to win a copy of Blood Science just tweet the answer to the following question on Twitter using the hashtag #BloodScience (the answer's in this blog).

Q: Which Ralph related band has Affairs supported recently.

Competition closes Tuesday 16th March, winners drawn at random from the Twitter entries.

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