Mealtime - Aperitif

Lab Records

“Meshing industrial noise-pop with glittering, math rock rhythms and harsh electronica, it’s perfectly organised chaos” – NME Album Review (4 stars)

“Their characteristic noise pop looks set to soar across 2020” – Line of Best Fit

“Hard AF alt-pop” -​ DIY

Mealtime not only defy but conquer” – ​SoYoung

“Daring and provocative” – Clash

“Six-piece Mealtime are the band on everyone’s lips in 2020”- ​Daily Star

“Saturated alt-pop bangers”​ – ​The Most Radicalist

Included in the NME ​100 2020

Manchester based noise pop innovators Mealtime​ ​are proud to release their debut EP ​Aperitif (via Lab Records), an irresistible cocktail of sugary melodies and sharp hooks with a hint of acidity. Aperitif comes with a recommended serving suggestion from Mealtime, “​our Aperitif is best served cool, pumping through shitty speakers on a park bench with a packet of Space Raiders.”

The EP follows their 2020 stormer ​Rain Like This​ and the acclaimed 2019 trio of singles Sublime​, ​Denim​ and ​Teef​ that made them a critical favourite with ​NME, Line of Best Fit​, ​Clash, DIY ​and more. These singles are featured on Aperitif alongside the brand new early-00s-pop-hit-that-never-was Excess and the chrome-sleek android sounds of S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

Excess is described by the sextet as “a broody alt-pop banger about craving the unattainable, whether it’s love, sex or luxury. We were originally going to call it K-Swiss but we were told we’d get sued.”

These new songs are a marker of how far Mealtime have come and serve as the start of a glittering new future for a band that they humbly state began as “a weird collective of six idiots arguing about pop music in a cramped bedroom.”

With Aperitif Mealtime trace their early days in the cramped confines of a bedroom before transporting you into a realm of their own: a world filled with their fizzing pop confections. All that’s left for you to do is put on your headphones and come meet them there.


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