PREMIERE: Bloods Find Love in Seattle on “U & M E”

Marihuzka Cornelius pulls inspiration from Nat King Cole and the Emerald City on her band’s new single.

Even though they hail from an entirely different hemisphere, Sydney, Australia’s Bloods dug into the musical history of Seattle for their newly announced EP, appropriately titled Seattle. Recorded at Jack Endino’s Sound House, produced by Steve Fisk, and released by Share It Music—not to mention recorded using Kurt Cobain’s amp—the EP takes its source material very seriously.

The first single released by the trio of frontwoman Marihuzka Cornelius (a.k.a. MC), drummer Dirk Jonker, and guitarist/bassist Mike Morgan combines Bloods’ PNW-esque garage punk with bubblegum pop, lacing the surprising mix with dark undertones and a refrain marked by a familiar schoolyard rhyme, chanted by MC with the assistance of Seattle grunge icons TAD. 

“‘U & M E’ was inspired by the Nat King Cole classic ‘L-O-V-E,’” MC notes. “I loved the idea of writing a song using the alphabet to spell out romantic sentiments. The childishness seemed to capture the immaturity of infatuation so well. During the ‘infatuation’ stage, you simplify any individual’s complexity by focusing on the things that they make you feel. The object of your affection becomes so perfect and unflawed because they turn you on or you like their smile, life without them becomes impossible to fathom. Infatuation is actually such a beautiful delusion. I wanted to write the song from the perspective of someone deep in the throes of that delusion.”

She continues, “I always saw this song as the centerpiece of the whole EP and the song that set the bar for where the band is now. Given the EP is a love letter to Seattle, who better to complete the centerpiece than TAD.”

The Seattle EP is out May 15 via Share It Music. You can pre-order it here.

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