Their debut EP, the D.I.Y. Le Chou (released on Evans' own label, Play & Record), arrived in early 2016. In addition to "Kevin," the five-song effort included the strutting single "Dinner Lady," a gross-out account of lunchroom antics that also served as social class commentary. Their irreverence and musicianship garnered rave reviews and increased local interest, which led to a string of summer festival appearances and support from the Charlatans
' Tim Burgess
. Riding the buzz wave, Cabbage were picked up for a tour with fellow Mancunians Blossoms
and Declan McKenna
later that year. Before the start of the trek, they issued another EP, Uber Capitalist Death Trade.
The band returned in 2017 with Young, Dumb and Full Of... -- which collected their early singles and EPs -- and the mid-year release The Extended Play of Cruelty EP. The release was lyrically and thematically focused on the deceit and material fascinations of man, with the lead track, "Celebration of a Disease," particularly inspired by performance artist Cosey Fanny Tutti's essay on the sudden shift from artistic stimulus to pure commoditization in the world of pornography. The group entered Liverpool's Parr Street Studios with James Skelly and Rich Turvey (the Coral
) at the end of the year to record their debut album. The resulting Nihilistic Glamour Shots was issued at the beginning of 2018. Featuring the singles "Preach to the Converted" and "Arms of Pleonexia," the album combined the band's penchant for anarchy with political commentary and pop hooks. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi