There's No Fight We Can't Both Win

by Mammoth Penguins

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1.
04:12
2.
Dick Move
3.
There Is So Much More
4.
03:20
5.
Let Yourself Be
6.
Put It All On You
7.
Quit My Job
8.
Cold and Lonely Place
9.
Trust Me
10.
Doesn't Work
11.
You Just Carry On

about

For the uninitiated, Mammoth Penguins are a 3-piece indie pop powerhouse, showcasing the songwriting and vocal talents of Emma Kupa (Standard Fare, The Hayman Kupa Band) backed up by the noisiest rhythm section in indie pop.

Their first album, Hide and Seek, was released with the much-loved and sorely missed Fortuna Pop! in 2015. Stand-out tracks ‘Strength In My Legs’ and ‘When I Was Your Age’ were picked up by BBC 6Music and Radio X, and the band played a live session for Marc Riley the following year.

But Mammoth Penguins didn’t want to stop there.  Their follow-up release John Doe in 2017 was an ambitious concept album, exploring the feelings of loss and anger at a man who fakes his own death, only to return years later. It featured contributions from Haiku Salut’s Sophie Barkerwood and Alto 45’s Joe Bear, and expanded well beyond the 3-piece rock‘n’roll template, with washes of strings, synths and samples (field recordings of butter being scraped on toast, photocopiers, and Ramsgate beach helping to fully immerse the listener in the world the band have created) filling out and developing Kupa’s songwriting.

Having had their ‘and now for something completely different’ moment, the band have brought that ambition and expanded palette to the production of this new release. The sound is big, bold and confident—with layers of guitars, backing vocals and keys all adding extra muscle—but maintaining Emma’s candid, heartfelt, confessional style of songwriting, and the jubilant power pop hooks that made the first record so special.  

This time around, classic themes of love, loss and conflict are (mostly) given a hopeful and optimistic spin that opposition is neither inevitable nor hopeless. For musical comparisons, think Land of Talk, and Philadelphia bands such as Swearin and Hop Along, but Kupa’s insight into the everyday and her ability to pen such relatable and honest missives means that, often, the best comparison for Mammoth Penguins’ music is with your own past.

“Like a lot of songwriters, my songs are derived from my own personal experiences, thoughts and feelings, long lived or fleeting. The times when people have said my lyrics resonate with them or articulate something specific for them are extremely validating for me and I hope that happens with this album. Arranging the songs with Mark and Tom is a massive buzz and playing them live as a band feels exciting and fantastic. Having Joe and Faith put their mark on the songs was also a massive privilege. When we’re working on a new song it gets to a point where we just want to keep repeatedly playing it over and over. However, making a record can be an extremely slow and drawn out process that requires patience, perseverance and resilience, and because of that we are super excited and proud to be releasing this album.” Emma Kupa, Mammoth Penguins.

credits

releases April 26, 2019

Written by Mammoth Penguins.

Performed by Emma Kupa (vocals and guitar), Mark Boxall (bass and
backing vocals), and Tom Barden (drums and backing vocals).
Additional guitar (including lead on There Is So Much More) by Faith Taylor. Keys and additional sounds by Joe Bear. Cello by Mark Boxall.

Recorded and mixed by Owen Turner and Mammoth Penguins at Sickroom Studios in 2018.
Mastered by Joe Caithness.

Artwork by Dinosaurs For All.
Graphic design by Vicky Barden.

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Track Name: Closure
Never really understood what closure was. Last time we met, it’s what I got.
Never really understood what closure meant, walking away from you felt different.
And you know we sat by the fire, and you know we talked for hours. And we pissed off all your friends, staying till the end.
All the yearning and all the regret, all the sadness left me.
Never really understood what friendship was and then we met and then I could.
Never really understood what friendship meant. Being with you, it felt different.
Can you believe how long it’s been? You know I’d do it all again. I can’t believe all the things you got right. It’s not been the same since those nights.
Track Name: I Wanna
I wanna touch your hand, wanna look into your eyes. I wanna see you wearing that shirt you like.
I wanna brush your hair, I wanna stroke your thigh. I wanna be there waiting when your train arrives.
I love you. Fuck it all.
I wanna cook you food, I wanna save your life. I wanna make you feel good on a Sunday night.
I wanna do it all, I wanna make it right. I wanna be the best lover you’ve ever tried.
I love you. Fuck it all.