British hardcore quartet Smiling Assassin have released their latest single ‘Coping’ ahead of the release of their debut album Plight Of The Millennial.
Speaking about the single, vocalist George Garnett had this to say: “Coping is about some friends. I have a friend who drinks heavily when their mental health takes a dive. Another friend shuts them self away. The more I noticed them doing that, the more I saw other people doing the same. I tried to write it from their perspective in a confession sort of way so other people may feel solidarity in their own situation.”
On the topic of the album, Garnett added: “With this album we’re trying to put a breath of fresh air into the modern punk scene and shed light on the real issues and difficulties our generation face today…”
The Smiling Assassin is a so-called friend who is really an enemy whose main weapons are inconsistency and unpredictability. They use rumour to undermine colleagues and adopt a passive-aggressive, indirect, dishonest style of dealing with people and issues. Basically, this is a friend who stabs you in the back.
The group has been gigging consistently since September of last year and has gained a dedicated following around Yorkshire thanks to honest, explosive and intense live shows. With a great sense of brand and the intention of being a voice for the voiceless in the UK punk scene, Smiling Assassin immediately hit the studio to begin work on their debut album, ‘Plight of the Millennial’, quickly finding a home for it at Warren Records.
Smiling Assassin’s intention is to shed light upon some of the issues that people are facing in 2020. Vocalist George Garnett has said of the record, “With this album we’re trying to put a breath of fresh air into the modern punk scene and shed light on the real issues and difficulties our generation face today.”
Plight of The Millennial is set for release on May 31.