Hailing from the musically fruitful city of Manchester, Affairs are an alternative electronic band originally from Hull. Having migrated from the big smoke of The North, the group have recently attracted attention from Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music), John Kennedy (XFM) and Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio).
Their latest single, ‘Blood Science’, was produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp, Courteneers) and is a solid synth-pop anthem taken from their upcoming album. With the vocals and electronic production in tandem, there’s a clear comparison to Depeche Mode, with the stark contrast of the melancholic vocals as a polar opposite to the instrumental.
In places there’s hints of Wild Beasts, most notably with vocal techniques. Lyrically, the track is based on Dan Brown’s ‘Angels and Demons’, with the band exploring literary references, similar to Wild Beasts’ 2011 record Smother, influenced by Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’.
Fitting suitably into the Manchester scene, it seems like the city will be open to a band like this. Half way between Elbow and New Order, Affairs seem like a band to be watching in 2015 as they continue with their melodically subtle synth-pop.
‘Blood Science’ is out 15th March via Yellow Brick Records, watch it here:
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