NEWS: MEME- Laptop-Rock Duo Have: "Second Thought"

Glasgow’s self-proclaimed “laptop-rock” duo MEMES are back with the chaotic new single: “Second Thought”.

Never a band afraid to think outside the box, their latest cut finds them embracing those most dangerous of thoughts we all have ticking away at the back of the mind… “I know I said we’d tie the knot. But now I’ve had a second thought. That we could make a life and what-not. But now I’ve had a second thought...” outbursts John McLinden here. Reevaluating everything from relationships to career choices, “Second Thought” flickers relentlessly through our thoughts, from the epiphanous to the ridiculous, with a machine-gun like intensity. Think you can pick your favourite Knight of the Round Table? Perhaps it's time to think again on that too… Coupling an erratic agit-punk electricity to a boiling-point bassline, in “Second Thought” MEMES add to their arsenal an anti-anthem as tempestuous as a tantrum; as paranoid as it is unpredictable. Delving into the new single, John says:

“I’ve often wondered what people are really thinking when I talk to them. Behind the mask and the measured words. So, I started imagining these cartoon conversations where involuntary thought bubbles would appear above people’s heads as they spoke, betraying what they truly thought. That’s what gave birth to the song”.

The feverish follow-up to the Autumn's equally outlandish “Heavy Night”, “Second Thought” arrives as the latest sample of an upcoming E.P. produced by Darwin Deez; confirmed for release later this year.

Hailed for their frenetic, furiously-infectious brand of indie-punk, MEMES are cousins John and Paul McLinden.

Forming in 2019 with a name that adeptly mirrored the sardonic sense of fun to be found in their laptop-rock creations, the band released their self-titled debut EP on Fierce Panda Records less than a year later and have been twisting heads ever since. Performing virtually at festivals from SXSW in the US, to The Great Escape, Wide Days and c/o pop in Germany, MEMES have quickly earned a reputation for their sensory blitzing shows and unconventional stylistics; earning praise from key supporters including Pitchfork, The Skinny, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, KEXP, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio Scotland and many more.

Now in the studio with artist and producer Darwin Deez, together they are fine-tuning their highly anticipated follow-up EP, of which new single: “Second Thought” is the latest taster.

With a successful sell-out Winter European tour under their belt (which also saw them play with peers such as Billy Nomates and English Teacher), MEMES are now lining up a string of dates for 2022 inc. a ‘The Great Escape presents…’ show with Joe & The Sh**boys at Moth Club, as well as festivals including The Great Escape itself, SXSW in Texas and more. All current dates and details are below.


14 - 20 Mar - SXSW, (Austin TX)

26 - MIDDLESBROUGH, Student Union


1 - GLASGOW, McChuills


11-14 - THE GREAT ESCAPE, (Brighton UK)

27 - ROTTERDAM, Rotown

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