The Strange Days, recently picked up by the independent label Blaggers Records, present their new release ‘Persian Rug’.
The single explores longing for improvement, both societally and personally, within an ever-building quirky blues/alt-rock/punk sound.
After playing ‘Persian Rug’ live for over half a year, it came to be recorded across multiple venues by the London quartet – Shrunken Head studios in Nunhead, a good friend’s house in Brockley, and finally Buffalo studios in Limehouse.
Listen to ‘Persian Rug’ by The Strange Days on the Shoot Music New Releases playlist on Spotify.
Beginning in Tottenham in 2017, Declan Robertson and Ash Sandys added the overwhelmingly charming rhythm section of Isabel Hollingum and Patrick O’Keeffe in 2019, and now rehearse from Rooz Studios in Shoreditch, London.
The band were raised on a healthy and plentiful diet of the Strokes, Fontaines DC, IDLES, Courtney Barnett, Iggy Pop, The Clash, Brittany Howard and the Doors.
On their latest single, Ash said “I wrote ‘Persian Rug’ in summer 2019, in a world dominated by normality and decisively free of boredom. That said, if the song is about anything, it’s about feeling disorientated. This partially lends itself to some useful meaning, but it’s mostly because I’d just come back from Glastonbury and it was the first thing I wrote when I sat down at my piano.
“For the longest time I just had a basic version of the guitar riff, which was beautifully adapted and built upon by Dec, and the verse words. I struggled with the lyrics for months, and the only thing that kept me at it was the riff. Eventually I wrote some chorus lyrics which I guess are an intentionally half-hearted ode to a feeling of irrational inebriated elation.”