cleopatrick drop "most vulnerable" single yet, 2008

Ahead of the release of their debut album Bummer next month, cleopatrick have shared raw new single 2008.

cleopatrick drop "most vulnerable" single yet, 2008
Emily Carter

With debut album Bummer on the horizon, cleopatrick are giving fans a totally different taste of what to expect from the record with raw new single 2008.

"2008 is the most honest moment on this album," explains frontman Luke Gruntz. "It's the most vulnerable cleopatrick song, and consequently, it's the song that means the most to me out of anything I've ever written.

"The animated video was created by our friend Shuyler Nazareth, and is meant to both capture and convey the persistent lyrical energy of this entire project: a total bummer."

Bummer is due out on June 4 via Nowhere Special Recordings. The duo – completed by drummer Ian Fraser – explain that they want their "music to feel as big as hip-hop does in the club – big subs and loud drums and vocals right up front. But lyrically, we want to sing songs that everyone in the crowd feels comfortable singing along to.

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"There’s a [historical] formula to rock music where people sing about drugs and alcohol and sex and it’s so fucking phony; it makes us so angry that kids who want to hear guitar music and get something from it and have a favourite band have to settle for that, and listen to these dudes lying to them. It’s so gross to me and completely the opposite of how this genre started.”

They continue: "This album is about growing up. It's about being alone. It’s about getting ripped off. It’s about finding a voice you didn't know you had. It's about holding on to the innocence and purity in your world. It’s about trying to be a man. It’s about getting pushed around. It’s a rock album made by some kids in a basement with no old dudes around."

Check out 2008 below:

Catch cleopatrick live at the following dates this year:

November 2021

24 Tunbridge Wells Forum
25 London Islington Assembly Hall
26 Birmingham O2 Institute
27 Nottingham Rescue Rooms

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