Brooke Bentham releases ‘Control’, the third single from debut album Everyday Nothing which will be released on the 28th of February.
‘Control’ examines the connected age’s anxiety-inducing phenomenon of ghosting: “It’s about when someone cuts you off entirely. It’s weird when someone does that,” she explains. “I got blocked out with absolutely no reason why, and it makes you question yourself and you just can’t stop thinking about it. you’re just talking to a wall; it’s bouncing back and you end up with this mess in your head.”
Images of loneliness and anxiety pervade the accompanying video, which is helped along by the introspective ambience of Brooke’s songwriting. The song’s explosive chorus is a relentless chiming of internal doubts and insecurities in the wake of being cut out. Like with anything Brooke writes it’s not without a subtle and dry sense of humour, images of her burying her head in a cereal bowl or under curtains give it levity, but the song’s message is unequivocal.
Everyday Nothing was engineered and produced at Yawn studios with Bill Ryder-Jones, mixed at Dean St studios by Charlie Russell. Brooke writes sharp and eloquent songs about her experiences as she understands them, using words and music to resolve and record the tensions of young adulthood. Confronted with the mundanities of life and caught between two jobs in London, she finds intense lyricism in the struggle for purpose and direction.
There is so much frustration in being young and unsure of what you want, especially when your path is creative,” says Brooke. “You can only hope that it leads you to something fulfilling, so you cling on to the everyday details – burning candles in your bedroom at three AM aged sixteen, or having a bath in the evening at twenty three, or watching your breath when you step outside in winter. I was reflecting a lot when I wrote these songs, romanticising those moments.”
Brooke will compete a 17-date sold out UK tour with Sam Fender’s as main support, (30th Jan – 6th Feb), including 2 home-coming dates at Newcastle Academy and the second Brixton date with Bill joining her live band on guitar. The tour is something of a warm reunion for the pair. For three years, Brooke played the pub circuit around Newcastle, often sharing stages with her friend Sam who is himself from nearby North Shields.
“Control” follows “All My Friends Are Drunk” released early October, and “Perform For You”, released the following month. They offer a faithful glimpse into the lush atmospherics of Everyday Nothing. A looser indie rock sound than her previous EPs, pitched somewhere between Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo, Sparklehorse and early Angel Olsen and nods to the ‘90s rock bands she was listening to leading up to the album being written, notably Low, Yo La Tengo and Broadcast.
The album is, in her words, “in part an ode to the little moments in life, the frustration of being young and unaware of what you want, but getting older and realising you still don’t know. It’s an album I searched for myself in, filled with questions I asked myself.”
Tour dates (Supporting Sam Fender ^)…
January 30th – Birmingham Academy^
31st – Bristol Academy^
February 3rd – Brixton Academy^
4th – Newcastle Academy^
6th – Newcastle Academy^
March 14th – Whelan’s, Dublin
16th – Yes, Manchester
18th – The Crofters Rights, Bristol
19th – Omeara, London
21st – Upstairs @ Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
23rd – Privatclub, Berlin