FEET caught our attention from the get-go - maybe it was the bristling, blustering energy of their debut YALA! session back in 2017, or maybe it was just the striking combination of kimonos and bold sunglasses. One thing’s for sure, the band have released a slew of strong singles that have consistently furthered the hype around the Coventry upstarts, and this reworked version of their fan favourite track is no different.
The studio version of ‘Petty Thieving’ prickles with raucous, punky energy, while bringing in the wonky, fidgety jangle of indie, rendering it a killer single to bring out just before their album. They’re waggling two fingers in the face of convention and society’s social standards, “I can’t meet your standards every single fuckin’ day”. With hooks aplenty and a line like that to shout back at them from the deepest depths of a mosh pit, what’s not to like?
FEET aren’t going for subtlety or modesty - they’re absolutely bonkers, but it works. Commenting on the track, frontman George proclaims, “‘Petty Thieving’ is an example of masterful song writing and immeasurable levels of maturity from a band consisting of 3 scholars, a well-informed Brummie and a master student from the university of life. It would be modest to say this song isn't the greatest jangly, baggy, fidgety guitar song of the decade, but modesty is for indie bands. The fact I'm not writing this from a seat on a private submarine to my condo on top of a live volcano is a genuine travesty. The song was so painfully easy to write, a third of the instrumentation was composed as the entire band was asleep. If ‘Petty Thieving’ isn't a landmark claim for FEET to be considered as one the greatest bands of all time, then I'll go ahead and stop the advanced building of a 100ft mural in our honour above the Primark in Cov.”
It’s the fourth and final single to be plucked from the forthcoming LP, What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham, due for release on 4 October via the band’s very own label, Clapped Records.
The video, masterminded by the band, is another strange masterpiece: it’s Robin Hood meets Braveheart, at a disco in a…scouts hut? Watch it above to understand (or not - would you really expect FEET to come out with a conventional video?). Speaking about said video, George added, “‘Petty Thieving’ won’t win any awards and I doubt Scorsese will be leaving a YouTube comment, but for a fleeting second behind a dangerously expensive camera , wearing an almost full suit of armour, five milky brained idiots become artists. Only joking, we’re not the 1975.”
We’re excited to hear what’s to come from this kimono-wearing, chain-mail clad phenomenon, and you can see them in all their enigmatic glory at any of the following dates:
19 - Cardiff, Swn Festival - Clwb Ifor Bach
20 - Bristol, Rough Trade
21 - Bedfordshire, Bedford Esquires
22 - London, Camden Assembly
24 - Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells Forum
25 - Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall
26 - Brighton, Patterns
27 - Southampton, Heartbreakers
29 - Norwich, Waterfront
30 - Nottingham, The Bodega
01 - Manchester, YES
02 - Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
03 - Liverpool, Sound
05 - Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
06 - Newcastle, Think Tank
07 - Edinburgh, The Mash House
08 - Glasgow, Stereo
09 - Dublin, The Sound House