The Exact Opposite

The Exact Opposite Release First Single

The Exact Opposite release their debut single You Work For Us Now. Between singer/guitarist Jamie Stuart and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Nigel Powell they have a long musical pedigree – together in underground indie heroes Dive Dive, and separately in Dustball, Unbelievable Truth and Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls.

You Work For Us Now was amongst the very first batch of songs the duo wrote when they came back together in 2021, after life (and in Nigel’s case endless touring) finally allowed them time. “We were playing stuff at each other in a room like we always used to with Dive Dive” remembers Nigel, “wondering if we should get more people in the band and what we were going to sound like.

Then You Work For Us Now came along, and once I’d programmed the bass the excitement of Jamie’s spiky post-punk Television style guitar and an insistent dance bottom end immediately inspired us, and defined what The Exact Opposite was going to be” Recorded as part of upcoming debut album Skill Issue in Jonny Greenwood’s studio (Radiohead / The Smile), You Work For Us Now addresses some of the album’s core themes of not giving up, particularly in artistic endeavors.

“If we were a jazz band, people would go ‘These guys have matured with age’ and people would be cool with that. I don’t know with this if we were proving something to ourselves, because regardless, I still would have done it anyway.” You Work For Us Now is a musical punch that truly showcases the deep and profound musically chemistry at the heart of this album and this band.

A full tour will come later in the year, but there are some low key local dates around the release, including an album release show in their hometown of Oxford:

13th April The Pump, Trowbridge

➤ TICKETS:… 19th April The Apothecary Tap, Banbury

➤ FREE SHOW! : 10th May The Jericho Tavern, Oxford

➤ TICKETS:… 11th May Aces & Eights, London

➤ TICKETS:… 13th May The Exchange, Bristol



PR: Pete Basset – Quite Great PR +44 (0)1223-844440 / Everything else: Nigel Powell +44 (0)7787 782550 /

Directed by Nigel Powell Filmed by John Hunt, Charlie Hunt and Nigel Powell