After twenty two singles, three EPs and seven albums, legendary Welsh indie bubble-gum-punks Helen Love are pleased to reveal their 23rd official single, the typically bonkers, glitter-dancefloor filling pop smash ‘Thank You Poly Styrene’.
The single is the latest track to be taken from their long-awaited eighth studio album titled ‘Smash Hits’, set for release via exquisite Summer Sunburst Super Kay 12” and CD on 20th May 2016 via Oxford, UK based independent label Alcopop! Records – preorder now.
The new album is picking up praise from Classic Rock, London In Stereo, Punktastic, Upset, Buzz Mag, Digital Spy and more, with the new single already gaining support from Radcliffe and Maconie, Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq at BBC6 Music, and has been been made Geoff Lloyd’s record of the week over at Absolute Radio.
In classic Helen Love fashion, the track is another musical homage to one of Helen’s personal heroes, celebrating iconic feminist punk band X-Ray Spex front woman and riot grrl pioneer Marianne Joan Elliiott-Said, aka Poly Styrene, who sadly passed away in 2011 at the age of 53 after a battle with breast cancer. Featuring an infectious synth intro hook dragged from Van Halen’s hit single ‘Jump’ as well as samples of Poly herself talking, it’s a celebration of growing up as a bored teenager idolising colourful, untouchable musical heroes.
“Thank you Poly Styrene for singing your songs and flicking a switch that turned us on…when you started singing I swear my heart stopped…all we wanted to do was be like you” opines Love on the heartfelt ode.
The band rarely play live, but have recently headlined Indietracks music festival and played Primavera in Barcelona, and sold out their long-awaited return to London at The Lexington in record time. Next up they take to everyone’s favourite indie venue, Le Pub, in Newport – with another couple of surprises up their sleeve.
‘Smash Hits’ is released 20th May 2016 on Alcopop! Records