“The most exciting, inspiring and genuinely deranged new guitar band in the country” – Loud and Quiet
Bristol group LICE released their debut album WASTELAND: What Ails Our People Is Clear, on their own label Settled Law Records, publishing the album’s full text (including the manifesto and notes) and revealing the hand-built noise instrument (Intonarumori) used across it. The album has received wide acclaim from across the music press from a 5-star’ boundary pushing’ Gigwise review to The Quietus calling it ‘breathless and colossally ambitious’.
Created over two years, the album draws from LICE’s rise in ‘the punk world’ (sharing stages with IDLES, The Fall, Squid, Fat White Family, Girl Band etc.) and eventual disillusionment with the limits of its prevailing ideas.
LICE formed in 2016, rising to attention with shows alongside The Fall, Squid, Shame, Fat White Family, Girl Band, Bad Breeding and others. In 2018 their champions IDLES, who took them on the Brutalism and ‘Unity’ tours, released LICE’s early EPs It All Worked Out Great (Vol.1+2) on their own label Balley Records, leading to international touring and plaudits from The Guardian, The Quietus and Loud and Quiet, who declared LICE “the most exciting, inspiring and genuinely deranged new guitar band in the country”. LICE created WASTELAND between touring over the next two years, influenced by their growing disillusionment with the punk world. Recent singles ‘Conveyor’ and ‘Arbiter’ (both on the album) drew nods from The Guardian, Line of Best Fit, Loud and Quiet, NME, DIY, 6Music Steve Lamacq, Radio 1 Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens, Radio X John Kennedy, Beats 1 Matt Wilkinson and more.