Having released a split album with Squarehead last year – a disappointing affair, far from either band’s best work – Galway trio So Cow release their first full album since 2010’s Meaningless Family was released on Tic Tac Totally. The Long Con, produced by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, is out in September via the Memphis label Goner Records and ‘Barry Richardson’ is our first taster. Premiered by Pitchfork, it captures the existential crisis facing Brian Kelly as he looks back on his 20s and looks forward, with fear, at what’s to come in his 30s. Mixing extra noodling into Weezer’s pop nous, we’re told that “We kept our lid on opinions, maintained a fear of the cross” . Meanwhile, Kelly’s friends have since gone their separate paths: Jer’s a junior detective who’s up on assault, James is a driver for Tesco who never answers Kelly’s calls, Padraic got married by his wife won’t let him out, and Colm’s off with his trad band and “it’s rare I hear any word”. The isolation and fear of growing up is enough to drive anyone to drink – and that’s exactly what Kelly decides: “So I’d rather go drinking, like Barry Barry Barry Barry Barry Barry Richardson,” a local legend/drunk, depending on who you believe, who picks up seven pensions. What could possibly go wrong? “There’s nothing on my to-do list, there’s no particular plan,” says Kelly towards the end of an infectious 3.46 minutes. Intake of alcohol, narcotics, chicken and black-pepper sauce was all limited in his 20s, but look what he’s left with: no friends, no interest in the movies, and no room in the van. It’s enough to drive anyone to the stool beside Barry Richardson for the rest of the day. And the next day. The Long Con, out September 16, is the first time that So Cow have recorded in a studio and as a full band, with Kelly being joined by Jonny White on bass and Peter O’Shea on drums. Unsurprisingly ‘Barry Richardson’ is the best thing they’ve done so far.