Adult Leisure - 'Present State of Joy and Grief'

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Bristol-based melodic alt-indie four-piece Adult Leisure have delivered their second EP 'Present State of Joy and Grief', out now.

The band came together to form Adult Leisure following a thirst to create during the pandemic, formed via countless video calls during the heart of 2020’s UK lockdown. Their critically acclaimed debut EP ‘The Weekend Ritual’ was released in December of 2022, and championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, Variance Magazine, The Independent, and RTE which quickly saw the band embark on multiple tours throughout the UK earning a handful of rave live reviews along the way.

The EP’s first offering Bad Idea was released in June 2023, celebrated by BBC Radio 1, Louder Than War Radio and God Is In The TV and was picked up by producer Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Paloma Faith) to be played in Hotel Chocolat stores worldwide.

Their second studio EP Present State of Joy and Grief was recorded, produced and mixed by Ollie Searle at Humm Studios and mastered by Grant Berry (Boston Manor, Deaf Havana, Lottery Winners). The four-track all-killer EP sees Adult Leisure blend their signature brand of glistening, jangly guitar lines, danceable grooves, disco beats, and bittersweet vocals to explore unhealthy relationships, heartbreak, loss, change, and self-reflection.

Discussing the EP, the band states: “When we began working on what would become Present State, we set out to create a cohesive body of work that felt true to the band we are now and the place that we’re at in our lives. Lathered in waves of self-reflection and acceptance of life’s heavy hands, our sophomore EP is drenched in honesty, whilst full of groove and fury in equal measure.”

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