After an unexpected hiatus spanning several years, Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman announced in late 2022 that they would reignite their partnership under the SOFT PLAY moniker, teasing their return to the studio. Instead of shying away from discourse following the decision to change their name, ‘Punk’s Dead’ sees the band remould the real life criticism and commentary into a Comments Section frankenstein of pure lyrical mastery. Braced by a cast of friends and fans who contribute vocals to the track’s bridge (including one particularly notable guest), the playful return of serve arrives as a timely reminder of the spirit of humour, joy and community which has always been the cornerstone of the duo’s identity.
Across three UK top-ten charting albums, taking root from their 2015 Mercury Prize-nominated debut, the duo (formerly known as Slaves) quickly established themselves as an influential force in the British rock landscape. Their distinctive, unapologetic approach to the genre and kinetic live performances have fortified the band’s avid global fanbase, earning them widespread critical acclaim and coveted festival slots. The release of ‘Punk’s Dead’ signifies the band’s joyous reformation, a bold clarion call to friends and fans as SOFT PLAY expand their artistic horizons into a fresh new era.