Release Date: Feb 23, 2018
Record label: Fat Possum
Things were looking rather grim for Saul Adamczewski at the dog-end of 2015. After his erratic behaviour and increasing drug dependence led to his unceremonious ejection from his band, Fat White Family, he languished in London, living on a friend's floor and using crack and heroin heavily. Eventually, he checked into rehab. Upon leaving, all he was left with were the skewed pop songs he'd amassed for side project Insecure Men.
The project of Fat White Family guitarist Saul Adamczewski and longtime friend Ben Romans-Hopcraft (frontman of the band Childhood), Britain's Insecure Men combine truckloads of homespun pop whimsy and pleasantly drippy psych-lite balladry on their self-titled debut. Initially conceived as a vehicle for the more ruminative material he'd been accruing, the album took shape while Adamczewski was in upstate New York working with Sean Lennon on their collaborative Moonlandingz project. Intrigued by the songs and approach, Lennon climbed on board as producer and helped to nurture the budding band's eccentricities and quirks.
Originating as a solo endeavour, Insecure Men sees Fat White Family's Saul Adamczewski and Childhood's frontman Ben Romans-Hopcraft coming together for one of 2018's most intriguing debuts. Both bringing a wealth of ideas and experience from a variety of different projects, will this be another success in their growing portfolios or a mishap that should have never existed to begin with? Beginning with 'Subaru Nights', this woozy synth opener blossoms like a perfect delicate flower. However on closer inspection, there's already a few dead petals present and this is just the start of the descent into the David Lynchian world of Insecure Men.