Unruly Midlands outfit The Novus release their eagerly anticipated debut EP – ‘Thaleia Standing’.

The Novus are Connor Hill (vocals), Thomas Rhodes (guitar), Tyla Challenger (bass) and Euan Woodman (drums); four boys born in Stourbridge in the year 2000 (three of them on the same hospital ward). Having grown up making music together in their high school music department before following each other to college, the boys made the collective decision to move in together in their musical home of Birmingham during the UK lockdown.

Difficult to define, The Novus extract influence from all areas of the musical spectrum – from 70s psychedelic rock to contemporary post-punk; entirely enamoured with every aspect of the eternal realm labelled ‘art’. Having been described as “the most powerful thing to come out of Birmingham since the industrial steam-engine”, The Novus have amassed support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Radio X, Gigwise and countless new music tastemakers; and become renowned for their raucous, sell-out DIY shows often in unusual and secret locations. From their debut vinyl release in partnership with Flying Vinyl to playing a sold-out show in Paris, the band soared through the year in flying form.

This hard work and dedication to their craft has resulted in the group’s debut EP ‘Thaleia Standing’. produced by Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios (Editors, The Blinders) those influences present themselves in the form of gritty, defiant guitars, growling punk vocals and a swaggering confidence driven solely by the sheer anger and need for change felt by the youth of today. With previous singles ‘Castaway’ and ‘I Serve Not’ receiving deserved praise, this next release from the group will continue to introduce the world to The Novus’ whirlwind sound.

Named after Thaleia, the Greek muse of comedy; ‘Thaleia Standing’ is a story about the personification of the mask.  We live in a society where we conform to people’s expectations, put on a brave face and cover up our true feelings for the sake of others; on ‘Thaleia Standing’ The Novus explore whether life is easier should you put on a mask and conform to social norms, or learn to understand your own feelings and emotions; leaving the mask behind as an entity rather than a physical being. It’s a subject matter that matches the depth of the group’s riotous sound perfectly, ensuring that The Novus’ full-length debut is one to remember.

The Novus’ debut EP ‘Thaleia Standing’ is out now.


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17th July – The Imperial, Mexborough

31st July – Jam On The Farm, Sussex

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19th November – The New Adelphi Club, Hull

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