Following support from BBC 6Music, Radio X and blog buzz for his debut run of singles in 2019, Bedford/North London-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Belonging is back with his first track of the new decade.
Already picking up repeat plays on John Kennedy’s X-Posure show on Radio X ahead of release, the immediate and affecting Bad matches cascading guitar hooks to bubbling synthpop sounds and soaring vocals, and is on all streaming platforms now.
“Bad is about me overthinking everything basically!” explains Belonging, AKA Chris Patrick. “I find it way too easy to get lost in going over mistakes I’ve made and beating myself up about things I got wrong, but if you do that too much, you just end up setting yourself up to do the same thing again, so the song was like ‘don’t do that’”, he says.
“But, then again, most of the time you have to get things wrong in order to know how to get things right, so it became a bit more like ‘embrace your mistakes’, and not be afraid of making more – it takes a lot of practice to look this bad!”
Big on choruses, home-made slogan t-shirts and nervous energy, the last year has seen Belonging branch out from bedroom-pop origins to become a fully-fledged live act. Taking in indie, pop, grunge, electro and folk influences, and drawing comparisons with Foals, Blur, Everything Everything and Wolf Alice, recent singles All I Can Hear and Do Something, Do Anything have been championed by Radio X's John Kennedy and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, and he’s supported the likes of Sad Boys Club, Catholic Action, Everyone You Know, Wooze and Zooni as well as playing The Alternative Escape in Brighton last May.
Further info, photos and cover art plus an mp3 and wav of "Bad" can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kat8q77zsak9kmy/AABTKeuRWzRr8CHjE0E1VZ_9a?dl=0
Find Belonging at twitter.com/belongingband, facebook.com/belongingband and instagram.com/belongingband now.