Berlin-based indie five-piece People Club are back with new single and video Francine, following on from their last release “Lay Down Your Weapons“, which focused on police brutality. The new single tackles the topics of addiction and lovelessness. The band spoke with The Fountain about the new track and their hopes for 2021.
TF: You have a new video out, what has the reception been like to Francine – how does it feel to finally release it?
Releasing Francine has felt quite cathartic for us all – like we were finally letting go of a very tough year of our lives. We actually recorded the song back in October 2019 so it’s quite a relief to finally be able to share it – the reception has been fantastic, we’re really grateful for the support as always!
We have lost the privilege to perform as a result of the pandemic so in a sense, putting Francine out kind of provides us with that feeling of release that we otherwise experience from playing live. Performing live really feeds us as a band and as individuals – being on stage is truly our natural environment and it has been odd to not have that outlet. So yeah the release has liberated some pent-up tension and also made us realise how much we’ve grown as a band since we recorded it!
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
If you don’t tend to it and treasure it – even the deepest of love affairs will eventually wilt.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release, I note an EP?
Yes we have an EP coming! We will also be recording again in the summer. In hindsight we are taking some positives away from 2020. We were given a lot of time to explore our song-writing in new ways and have put together a collection of songs we wrote throughout the year. Fingers crossed for some live shows too!
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Each band member has their own tastes with regard to favourite venues. One favourite as a band is The Workman’s Club in Dublin (we played there for Irish Music Week 2019 and it was a standout gig for us) and of course Loophole, Berlin. Our last show before the pandemic was in an old factory in Ljubljana – it felt special even before we realised the significance it would hold for us. It seems like forever ago now but looking forward we would like to go to new places together, to new cities and discover new venues. One huge goal for us all is to play Glastonbury – that would truly be a dream come true across the board!!