I like what you’re doing Sophie and the Giants, you’re making a habit of making hits….. – Jack Saunders / BBC Radio 1
Punk-edged indie song writing with lashings of synths – Clash
Sophie and the Giants are swiftly carving out a reputation for themselves as purveyors of millennial power-pop with a rock bite. – Gigwise
They’re Ready for a giant leap forward– Daily Star
UK based future pop super stars, Sophie and the Giants have returned with their impassioned new single Don’t Ask Me To Change, out now on Republic Records.
The song is an atmospheric, hook-laden synth anthem. Sophie’s crystalline vocal soars over a bedrock of tom-tom drums, augmented backing vocals and a driving bassline to create a defiant anthem of personal autonomy.
I wrote this song at a time when I was at a crossroads and examining my relationships with people, Sophie explains. Every time I discover something new about myself, I’d feel the compulsion to repress it slightly and minimise my true self to avoid being judged or losing people. I wrote ‘Don’t Ask Me To Change’ when I finally decided fuck that, because if they really loved me I wouldn’t have to make those compromises.
Don’t Ask Me To Change follows their recent single Right Now, and their mega-hit collaboration with Purple Dsco Machine, Hypnotized. Clocking up 4-times platinum status in Italy, platinum in Poland & gold across a further 7 countries in Europe, Hypnotized has been streamed a staggering 200 million times, the video viewed 65 million times on YouTube, and it hit 2 in the European Airplay Charts. In the UK it was championed by the likes of Annie Mac, Jack Saunders and MistaJam.
For Sophie, the experience of becoming a bona fide pop star in Europe while being in the middle of a lockdown was a surreal one. One minute she’s in her flat in Sheffield, the next she’s landing in Italy to perform for Power Hits Estate 2020 in an empty Coliseum.
To have had that success with ‘Hypnotized’ during a standstill year has been a blessing for us, Sophie says. We also hope it’s given people some positivity during a difficult time, just like it has for us. We are so grateful for all the love we have received and excited for what’s coming next.
From their adoptive hometown of Sheffield the band have been refining their intense, life-affirming sound which has already won fans at Radio with support from BBC Introducing, Radio 1 & Radio X. In 2019 the band were invited to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend, as well as delivering storming sets at Glastonbury and Reading festivals.
The band will play a special UK exclusive show at London’s Lafayette venue this September, and they recently announced they’ll be heading out on a full European tour in 2022.
27th Sept 2021 – Lafayette – London
30th March 2022 – Luxor – Cologne, Germany
2nd April 2022 – Melkweg Oz – Amsterdam, Netherlands
3rd April 2022 – Gruenspan – Hamburg, Germany
4th April 2022 – Hole 44 – Berlin, Germany
5th April 2022 – Grelle Forelle – Vienna, Austria
7th April 2022 – Ampere – Munich, Germany
8th April 2022 – Plaza – Zurich, Switzerland
9th April 2022 – Magazzini Generalli – Milan, Italy
11th April 2022 – Bikini – Barcelona, Spain
12th April – Copenico – Madrid, Spain
14th April 2022 – Les Etoiles – Paris, France
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it also comprises innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.