By Jon Milton
Following on from the release of their debut album last year, TV Priest released their single 'Lifesize', an early signal of intent that they were exploring different avenues alongside their trademark motorik driven sound. A couple of weeks after that digital release they took this exploration even further with the deeply reflective 'All Thing', which subsequently formed the b-side of the physical Lifesize release.
Their latest single 'Limehouse Cut' follows a similar path to All Thing, its thoughtful and indeed thought provoking. Largely centred around a rousing bass-line and singer Charlie Drinkwater's contemplation's, but beautifully complemented by strings, its the third single from their forthcoming album 'My Other People' and one that elegantly displays their continuing development as a band. Imagine 1970's Tom Waits dallying with Post Punk maybe...
Says Charlie of Limehouse Cut:
"The song is about a feeling dislocated and displaced in an urban space you once felt you knew and ‘understood’, however it’s also a coming to terms with an idea that you never really ‘own‘ somewhere as infinitely regenerative as a city. It’s a bit of a psycho-geographical study, a little bit of pathos at my own mortality and smallness in the great tide of history. We loved the idea of something quite abstract, something that references landscape, feels mesmeric, melancholic, a little sinister but also quite beautiful."
June sees the band playing a number of record shops to coincide with the release of the album on Sub Pop on the 17th (and the album is excellent by the way, so do invest), but before that they play at Sound City Liverpool on the 1st May, at Brighton's Great Escape Festival and few dates over in France. A full tour begins on October 30th at the Louisiana in Bristol and culminates in Brighton on the 13th November.
Photo: Hollie Fernando
My Other People is released on Sub Pop on June 17th
UK TOUR DATES
30 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana
31 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
1 - Dublin, IE - The Workman's Cellar
3 - Manchester, UK - Yes (Pink Room)
4 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
5 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall
7 - Cambridge, UK - Portland Arms
8 - Leicester, UK - Firebug Bar
10 - London, UK - Scala
11 - Reading, UK -The Face Bar
12 - Southampton, UK - The Joiners
13 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store