Savage Mansion release a new single, ‘Prizes’, on the Lost Map label.
The track is available on digital services now, following its release (along with another new track ‘Wig Wise’) as a postcard single as part of Lost Map’s PostMap Club subscription service in March.
Recorded by the band’s regular live engineer Ross McGowan, it follows ‘Monument‘, from August, which also came with a bonus track ‘Third Lanark’.
However, unlike its predecessor, the latest release does not appear on the band’s most recent album ‘Weird Country‘ and is their first new material of the year.
Recorded by Ross McGowan at Chime Studio and mastered by Steven Ward, the single, says singer, guitarist and songwriter Craig Angus, is “a bridge between ‘Weird Country’ and what we’re doing going ahead.”
“‘Prizes’ is a song about expectations, memory, and really trying to move past all of that in the pursuit of happiness,” he continues.
“‘Wig Wise’ is actually a reworking of a track from the first Savage Mansion EP but I think it’s found its true form,” the frontman says of the second track. “It’s about questioning the knowledge that’s passed down to you as certain. Because while our elders have a lot of wisdom to impart, they get a lot wrong too. And that to me is an interesting balancing act.
“These songs were both written for our third album but we’ve made the decision to put them out now as the next record sounds much different.”
The band – also consisting of guitarist Andrew Macpherson and bassist Jamie Dubber (Catholic Action), drummer Lewis Orr (Martha Ffion, Space Rocket Garage Band) and newest member Beth Chalmers, on keys and vocals – formed in 2016 after opening for Frightened Rabbit at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom.
Their performance drew the attention of Johnny Lynch (Pictish Trail) who offered to release the ‘Do You Say Hello To Your Neighbours?’ single on Lost Map.
The track was championed by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Gideon Coe at BBC 6 Music, and was boosted further by an endorsement from Bob Nastanovich of Pavement/Silver Jews fame.
Following festival shows at Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling and Electric Fields, the band made debut album ‘Revision Ballads’ at Chem19 Studios in Glasgow with Jamie Savage over the course of two weekends, before recording ‘Weird Country’ in April 2019 in London with producer Chris McCrory.
The band tour in spring 2022 with Pictish Trail – tickets are on sale now.