Willow Shields
Willow Shields

Music photographer and journalist based in South London.

The utterly bizarre 6 piece South London band Children of the Pope release their sophomore single ‘Dying Cold’ accompanied by B-side ‘Dede Efendi’ (a cover of a Turkish song). They are rumoured to have been born from the loins of a ‘failed pornographic actor’ Joao Oliveira. Where the exact origin of the band is unknown, it is believed that frontman Joao and drummer Fells were under siege by government officials so went into hiding where they found their true passion for making music together. 

‘Dying Cold’ is striking piece, beginning with a catchy guitar riff and leading into a raucous choir of the Children’s non-melodies. The ragged guitar harks back to the golden age of 90s heavy grunge. The track then descends into a swirling cacophony of piano and dreamy vocals; distortion is Children of the Pope’s close, personal friend. The B-Side of the single ‘Dede Efendi’ is the polar opposite of the A-Side, a carousel-esq cover of a traditional Turkish song. The band truly show their two sides with this single, they can go from being grotty grunge dwellers to a shoulder bopping street band in the mere matter of 3 minutes fourty or 2 minutes 29 depending on which order you play the songs. 

Children of the Pope are a graciously peculiar band, one that you can never know if they’re ever telling you the truth or not. But that’s the best way to be, it’s never fun to tell the truth and nothing but the truth (so help me god). Children of the Pope will never be boring, they’re a well-rounded concept of a band with tunes to make your head spin. So, one to watch out for. 

Listen to ‘Dying Cold‘ here: