Topshelf Records and Big Scary Monsters recently announced the signing of London indie rock trio Doe, who will be releasing their second album, Grow into It, on September 28th. Today we're
excited to share the upcoming record's second single, "Labour like I Do".
"'Labour like I Do' is one of those songs that came flowing out like a stream of consciousness," says singer and guitarist Nicola Leel. "For that reason it’s lyrically one of the more straight up songs on the record, but sometimes it’s cool when you blurt out a bunch of words to music and realise you’ve used songwriting as a form of accidental therapy."
Not only is "Labour like I Do" accidentally therapeutic, but it's also infectiously fun and catchy. On this single, Doe experimented a bit beyond their general formula, deftly incorporating synth and slide guitar to accentuate their crafty indie rock hooks that feature clever, polyphonous vocal work. The catchy hooks trade off dynamically before exploding into an anthemic climax that shows a focused band with an ear for powerfully authentic songwriting. Doe, will be releasing their second album, Grow into It, on 28th September 2018.
An album about the aging process and growth, Grow Into It takes influence from bands like The Breeders and The Cars, and aims to be, "an antithesis of the overdone trope of male bands singing about rejecting adulthood and wanting to stay young and get wasted with their friends forever."
Doe’s evolution is showcased on the first single to be taken from the record – Heated. One of the first tracks written for the album and already a live hit, the dynamism of the song excitingly ebbs and flows, with Nicola and Dean (Smithers – Guitar) riffing back and forth before a Pavement-esque crescendo that is collectively one of the band’s favourite parts of the record.
It’s safe to say that for indie-rock trio Doe, the last 12 months has seen a dramatic shift in their evolution as a band.
Since their critically acclaimed debut album, Some Things Last Longer than You that ABC News voted 6th in their 50 Best Albums of 2016 list, the London-based outfit have played sold out shows on both sides of the Atlantic, wowed SXSW audiences and toured with the likes of LVL UP, Jeff Rosenstock and Honeyblood. They recently celebrated their fifth year together with a sold out headline show at London’s Paper Dress Vintage.
Not content with stopping there, Doe have now signed to renowned indie labels Big Scary Monsters and Topshelf Records to release their second record – Grow into It, produced by Matthew Johnson (Hookworms, Suburban Home Studio).
“Grow into It is an album about the ageing process and growth” explains singer and guitarist Nicola Leel. “Lyrically, I wanted to write an album about getting older that was an antithesis of the overdone trope of male bands singing about rejecting adulthood and wanting to stay young and get wasted with their friends forever. Instead, Grow into It is about finding light and freedom in age and finding autonomy in death.
“Vivid body imagery is a recurring lyrical theme, not only to evoke ideas of physical change / deterioration, but as a metaphor for the development and deterioration of personal relationships as you grow and gain perspective.
The subject matter across the songs ranges from deciding you’re not going to accommodate others at your own personal expense anymore (Labour like I Do, Team Spirit), to realising your favourite author is a bit shit at writing women (Even Fiction)”
Embracing the theme that age is a challenging force, but ultimately positive: sonically the band have written something light and catchy that reinforces their pop sensibilities but ambitiously builds on the lyrical word-play, intertwining guitars and off kilter time signatures of their debut.
Drawing on a much wider range of influences than the last record, from The Breeders through to The Cars, the band have been more playful in their compositions; still referencing their 90’s influenced roots but reaching wider to create something unmistakably classic sounding but irresistibly modern.
Ever the impressive live act, they’ll also be touring the UK in October with Speedy Ortiz.