‘This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’
Released January 20th 2023
All born in the same Stockport hospital at the turn of the millennium, The Maddocks formed in the spring of 2022 after meeting each other at school almost a decade earlier. Since their formation, the quartet have been working on their first release, a rousing and infectious offering in the form of ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’.
Three and a half minutes of angular and jangly post-punk, it’s a bold debut offering that instantly brings to mind the likes of Eades, Yard Act and Sports Team, whilst avoiding the genre’s trademark cynicism in favour of something much more energetic and optimistic.
“This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” is probably the epitome of what The Maddocks represents” the band explain. “We’re always getting ourselves into mad situations and laughing about daft stuff, and that’s basically where the song name came from. George spilled a Pot Noodle on the floor during our second ever rehearsal, causing Toller to sigh in exasperation and utter the words “this is why we can’t have nice things” – we were in the process of writing the song and the phrase just stuck!”
Whilst the origin of the track’s name shares much of the same upbeat irreverence the band themselves possess, the lyrics were designed to address a certain issue without naming it directly, showcasing a depth of lyricism that’s belied by the track’s sheer danceability.
Written, recorded and mixed by the band at their Fallowfield rehearsal room, the track was mastered by Geoff Pesche (Yard Act, Lily Allen, Blur) at Abbey Road Studios, and drops on January 20th 2023.
The Maddocks are:
George Edwards (lead vocals, lead guitar)
Siobhán Lally (bass guitar, backing vocals)
Alex Tollerfield (rhythm guitar)
Ed Gibbins (drums, backing vocals)
The Maddocks – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things 20th Jan 23