Released today, ‘Boyfriend’ is the lead single from Nat And The Noise Brigade’s debut EP, ‘March! March!’
It’s a jolly and upbeat track, sung in a Mockney accent (although given the group are from East London, it’s probably the real deal), while lamenting the painfully pleasant qualities of a love interest’s partner. It’s reminiscent of the early David Bowie track, ‘Rubber Band‘, which likewise was sung in this way, from the point of view of a jilted lover.
‘Boyfriend’ lists dreadful, despicable, and deplorable qualities that they would rather the boyfriend exhibited. These include slightly humorous and lesser offences such as barging onto trains, and littering, going all the way up to important social and political issues such as climate change denial, zero-hour contracts and NHS privatisation.
Nat And The Noise Brigade showcase their considerable musical abilities with ‘Boyfriend’, and provide a glimpse into what to expect from their EP. During their live shows, the band asks the audience to shout out their personal pet hates, which front-man Nat assembles as a new verse on the trot. They also went onto the streets of Leytonstone to find and record what peoeple felt were their pet hates:
The official video for ‘Boyfriend’ is both original and imaginative, which reflects their joyful and energetic live performances. Shot around East London, Brighton, and around a gig at Hackney’s Paper Dress Vintage, the clip features sock puppets who act out the lyrics, and it’s frankly, quite hilarious.
Nat And The Noise Brigade are an eight piece group from East London, whose progressive, alt-pop, complete with brass, flute, and synths, catchy melodies, and foot stomping beats, is very hard to resist. We’re reminded of Sam And The Womp, and, to a certain extent, Flaming Lips, and Blur.
You can find Nat and the Noise Brigade on their official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Listen to Nat And The Noise Brigade on SoundCloud and get to know them a little better by watching their videos on YouTube.