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Leeds-based shoegazers Van Houten are back in the spotlight, unleashing their latest sonic creation, 'Coming Of Age,' via Clue Records/EMI North. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Deerhunter, DIIV, and Yuck, the single is a cavernous shoegaze journey, weaving woozy psych and sincere storytelling. With an infectious refrain hinting at more to come, Van Houten declares they're "coming of age" and ready to share their musical revelations.
The band's distinctive fusion of 90s alternative vibes and pop sensibility has solidified their position in the dream pop renaissance. As part of the groundbreaking partnership between Clue Records and EMI North, 'Coming Of Age' marks a significant release, emphasizing the label's commitment to nurturing northern talent outside the London-centric music scene.
Van Houten's debut album is on the horizon, and as they gear up for a UK headline tour in early 2024, fans can expect an immersive experience in London, Leeds, Brighton, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Southampton, Cambridge, and beyond. Tickets go on sale at 9 am on Friday, promising a wave of dreamy, alternative sounds.
Louis Sadler, the band's vocal and guitar talent, shares insights into 'Coming Of Age,' describing it as an anthem for overcoming fear and anxiety. The track encapsulates the overarching theme of their upcoming album—growth, gaining perspective, and embracing change. Van Houten is stepping out of the bedroom studio, boldly proclaiming their newfound sound and collective creativity.