We discover when rising band Malady are happiest, what meal they'd eat for the rest of their life, and how they always manage to find a route to the next party.

Welcome to Fresh Face, a quick-fire interview series spotlighting the best rising talents in today’s youthful music scene. From biggest pet peeves to party tricks and death row meals, we’re stripping things back from the formal Q&A format. Think of it like speed dating, but with some of the freshest music makers worth discovering.

Cutting their teeth playing gigs across the capital, since releasing their first single in October 2020, London band Malady have built a reputation for high energy shows that set electronic dance music against indie guitar. Now they’re back with a new single – continuing to combine big beats with catchy vocal lines ready to bring post-rave indie to a rowdy crowd near you.


New track “Round the Bend” offers the ambient mix of sounds we’ve come to expect from Malady, with a driving drumline to get you dancing straight off the bat. Discussing the track, the four-piece (Percy Junior Cobbinah, Khaleem Richards, Charlie Clark, and Ertan Cimen) reveal it tackles seeking solace in communal madness, In the sanctuary round the bend. With gigs booked this year including DIY Alive in London and The Great Escape in Brighton, we’re sure it’ll be a popular edition to their setlist.


To celebrate their new single, we asked Malady some quick fire questions, finding out whether they believe in aliens, the craziest thing that’s happened to them recently, and what we can expect in 2022.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Loudly chewing/crunching.

Three things that inspire you outside of music?

Walks, conversations, nature.

What’s your party trick?
Planning the route to the next motive with no map.
Finish the sentence: I feel happiest when…
Arsenal are on the up, my bank account is healthy and music is being made.
Do you believe in aliens?
Yeah, there’s gotta be something else out there surely.
Wildest thing that’s happened to you lately?
2-D/Damon Albarn choosing our tune ‘London, I Love You…’ in a playlist recently was a bit mad having grown up listening to Gorillaz and Blur.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Jollof, stew, plantain + chicken on the side – it’s just the epitome of comfort.
Favourite season?
Summer is easily the best, joy and vitamin d in abundance. Also very suspicious of anyone who says winter.
Biggest goal for 2022?
Release tunes more regularly and get some EPs recorded.
Biggest irrational fear?

Having a laptop / phone camera on and broadcasting to everyone I know anytime I’m in the birthday suit.

Stream "Round the Bend" below: