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James Mellen
James Mellen

Bristol-based writer, specialising in musings on the world of music and fashion.

Glasgow quartet Declan Welsh & The Decadent West unleash the first single ahead of their long-awaited second album

Glasgow indie-punks Declan Welsh and The Decadent West have finally announced their sophomore record, following 2019’s ‘Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold’. This new album, ‘2’, will be arriving September 2nd and is teased by the new single ‘King of My Head’.

This new track from the Scottish rockers is a melting pot of sounds, a band clearly experimenting with their aesthetics for the second LP. ‘King of My Head’ has a steady groove for the foundation, with noir-tinged guitars and charismatic vocals spiralling between the speakers. There’s a woozy, hazy energy to the track while the climaxes still remain reserved and grounded – but still with a sharp edge. 

‘King of My Head’ is a bold change in pace and timbre from the more riotous sonics of their debut record. It is a band maturing, refining and clearly striving to take steps in the right direction on the universally dreaded sophomore record. And, without a doubt, Declan Welsh and The Decadent West are making those steps. 

‘2’ is out September 22nd, via Frictionless Music. 

Listen/Watch ‘King of My Head’ here: