Explore Issue 01 of LOOP Magazine

Featuring Sam Tompkins and Victor Ray as our cover stars, as well as internal spreads from Girli, Jords, Mysie, Finn Askew, Kara Marni and Master Peace

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Spotlight | Sad Night Dynamite

When I first came across them, I was immediately reminded of Gorillaz with a fresh twist and who take a thrill in the art of experimenting with different sounds. It just so happens that they have had the seal of approval from Gorillaz as well as Pa Salieu and FKA Twigs, as well as a studio session with the latter. This duo are not afraid of breaking boundaries when it comes to their sound, which makes them all the more exciting.

The duo are very aware of their comparisons to Gorillaz, and embrace the comparison as a compliment and admit that they have been an influence on their career. In fact, the pair worked on the mixtape at Studio 13, a studio where Damon Albarn worked at the same time.

Their official debut single “Icy Violence” was supported by Jack Saunders on Radio 1 as his ‘next wave record’. Since then, they have also received support from the likes of Annie Mac and in February released their debut self-title mixtape. Their single ‘Smoke Hole’ was BBC Radio 1’s BBC Introducing Track of the week. Alongside this, they recently put on sale tickets to their upcoming UK and North American Tour which is selling like hot cakes, so get your tickets asap!

Growing up in Somerset, this duo do not shy away or hide the fact that they come from somewhat privileged backgrounds. Instead, they address it in their lyrics and storytelling, creating songs which open up a dialogue about how unfair a person’s background can be in terms of their future prospects. This is refreshing to hear in world full of creatives trying to shift the spotlight and conversation from their own backgrounds in a battle to seem more authentic to a first time listener.

So, if you’re a fan of artists who aren’t scared to break the mould on modern popular, who also take inspiration from one of the UK’s most influential groups, then look no further than Sad Night Dynamite, as you may have just found your next obsession.

Words by Jack Shephard

Posted On 3 October, 2022