London four-piece Malady have shared the video for new single ‘Famous Last Words’ – premiering today via Complex. ‘Famous Last Words’ is out now on Nice Swan Records, the tastemaker label who were instrumental in the formative steps of some of indie music’s finest emerging and established talents including Blossoms, Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR, and more. ‘Famous Last Words’ has already received early support from the likes of NME, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, So Young, The Rodeo, The Forty Five, and more. 

Directed by previous Malady collaborators Will and Ed Reid, the ‘Famous Last Words’ video builds upon the suffocating and isolated narrative featured on debut single ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’. Heavily atmospheric and experiential, the video centers upon a club night and begins to take on a religious weight in the desperate search for meaning. Directors The Reids explain: “The concept is the idea of chasing the night for answers and coming up short. We continued the narrative texture from the first video, with the black and white sound designed scenes taking us into more of a short film moment which captures the chaos and disorientation of a smoking area deep in the belly of the night. We finish with Junior’s pseudo-divination after he overcooks it and collapses to the floor surrounded by everyone and no one at the same time”

Produced by Malady and Mixed & Engineered by Eduardo De La Paz, ‘Famous Last Words’ explores Malady’s existentialist take on modern life and scratches the surface of the band’s love of more electronic leaning textures and tendencies. Malady said: “‘Famous Last Words’ is a rumination about purpose – the realisation that any notion of inherent, and/or divine, purpose is false and subsequently the futile, scrambled attempts to forge meaning in places that meaning can never really be found.” 

Malady was birthed as a result of Percy Junior Cobbinah (vocals/guitar) and Clark (guitar/synth) frequently turning up at the same gigs as one another; Cobbinah and Ertan Cimen (drums) were first acquainted uni house parties; while Clark met bassist Khaleem Mitchell-Patterson at college. Fusing musical elements from dub, post-rave, early dubstep and IDM with formative indie guitar music, the band draws inspiration from day-to-day living, focussing on conversations and social observations. 

The band’s debut single ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ was released last year as part of the Nice Swan Introduces series which also featured breakout releases from the likes of Jelly Cleaver, Courting, Hallan, and Sprints. ‘London I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ was lauded by the likes of Clash, DIY, Dork, Hero, NME, So Young, Stereogum, Yuck and more. Malady rounded off 2020 with tips on the NME 100 and Dork HYPE List, and were crowned Ones To Watch in 2021 by Fred Perry, The Daily Star, and Gigwise. Malady made impressive strides at U.K. radio also with repeat plays from Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens.


See Malady live in 2021:

Aug 12 | YES, Manchester

Sep 12 | Moth Club, London

Malady – Famous Last Words – out now on Nice Swan