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The Lathums share rousing new track ‘Sad Face Baby’

The track was directly inspired by experiences of lockdown, frontman Alex Moore tells Rolling Stone UK

By Nick Reilly

The Lathums on one of their first photo shoots
The Lathums (Picture: Ewan Ogden)

The Lathums have shared ‘Sad Face Baby’, the first track to arrive from the band since the release of their chart-topping debut album last year.

The Wigan group topped the UK album charts last year with ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’, and headed out on a sold out UK tour to promote the record.

Now, they’re looking towards an even brighter future with ‘Sad Face Baby’, which is one of their most powerful offerings to date. The new offering starts with a slow and commanding bass line, before slowly developing into a rousing chorus.

Speaking to Rolling Stone UK, frontman Alex Moore explained how it was directly inspired by his own experiences of the coronavirus lockdowns.

“Everyone was having a rough time and I just wanted to put in what I was feeling and thinking but imagined what others were thinking too. I wanted something they could relate to, something positive to take out of all this,” he said.

“Everybody has gone through it and it’s a universal theme, I hope.”

The track also marks somewhat of a sonic departure for the group, with more of a rockier chorus than those on their debut album.

“Ever since we started the band, we’ve always wanted to have a strong diversity of sounds in our songs and see how far we can push it and this is just another taste of what we’ve got,” he said.

And having teased this singular glimpse at the future, they’re now intent on finishing album two.

“We’ve got songs coming out of our ears at the moment and we just want to get it out to people so they can hear it,” said Moore. 

“We’ve got all the tunes ready and we know what the plan is.”