TALL SHIPS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM IMPRESSIONS
AVAILABLE MARCH 31st 2017 (ON FATCAT RECORD
BAND SET TO PLAY UK HEADLINE TOUR IN SPRING 2017 – NEW SHOWS & INTIMATE INSTORE GIGS JUST CONFIRMED
Today, Brighton's Tall Ships are proud to present 'Petrichor', the new single from their much anticipated second album Impressions (which has been moved to a March 31st release date, due to manufacturing issues), arriving via FatCat Records.
'Petrichor' serves as one of new album Impressions' greatest peaks, a hands-raised-aloft anthem preaching openness and dialogue - valuable commodities in the 2017 we've seen so far. Speaking of the track, frontman Ric Phethean says, "It started as a collection of one-liners trying to distil the sense of detachment I was feeling at the time of writing. Whilst working on the song, I came across the word petrichor, which describes the scent you get after a downpour during a long dry spell. This felt like a pretty apt word to describe the song and that feeling of relief that comes with externalising and talking about all the problems we carry around within us."
Tall Ships are also very pleased to announce that they have added a number of new headline shows plus intimate instore gigs to their spring 2017 UK tour - full list of dates is now as follows;
2 March Oxford Bullingdon
3 March Leicester Cookie
4 March Leeds Brudenell Social Club
6 March Glasgow King Tut’s
7 March Manchester Deaf Institute
8 March London Omeara **SOLD OUT**
9 March Bristol Louisiana **SOLD OUT**
30 March Kingston-Upon-Thames - Banquet Records (instore gig) **NEW SHOW**
31 March Brighton – Resident Records (instore gig) **NEW SHOW**
1 April Derby 2Q Festival
3 April Southsea Pie & Vinyl (instore gig) **NEW SHOW**
4 April Bristol – Rise Records (instore gig) **NEW SHOW**
5 April Nottingham Rough Trade Records (instore gig) **NEW SHOW**
2 May Birmingham Hare & Hounds **NEW SHOW**
3 May Cambridge Portland Arms **NEW SHOW**
4 May Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach **NEW SHOW**
5 May London Bush Hall **NEW SHOW**
6 May Brighton – The Haunt **NEW SHOW**
Tickets for all shows are on-sale now from usual agents.
New album Impressions is the result of a testing birthing process that cemented the band's resolution to go their own way and be the captains of their own destiny. Instead of going through the usual motions, the group - comprised of frontman Ric Phethean, bassist Matt Parker, drummer Jamie Bush and keyboardist Jamie Field - opted to go it alone, taking command of every element of their art: retreating to Field’s home on the edge of Dartmoor, they adopted a similarly DIY recording process to that which birthed Everything Touching years earlier. “We recorded and engineered it all. The DIY nature of it is one of necessity, not aesthetic,” says Field.
What emerged speaks for itself. Impressions bristles with a fresh intensity: it’s a set that feels constantly on a knife edge of unpredictability, capable within a single song of being both disconcertingly tender and universal - easily the most ambitious and anthemic music the band has ever written (most notably see ‘Petrichor’, ‘Meditations On Loss’ and ‘Will to Life’), marking them out as one of the UK’s most promising rock bands, but one worn with the battle scars of doubt, fragility and lessons learned the hard way.
Speaking of the album's titling, Tall Ships frontman Ric Phethean stumbles upon what's, all-in-all, a pretty concise summary of the band's recent history. He calls the album's titular impressions, “The indentations that are left in us from the pressure and the knocks we inevitably receive while being alive. Life can be an incredibly difficult thing at times and the tragic events, joyous events and tender moments all leave their marks upon us.”
True to this, “It all just crumbled away for a little while,” says Phethean, speaking of the period following their acclaimed debut album, 2012's Everything Touching, which saw them championed by both the BBC and NME, selling out shows across the UK (including London’s Scala), and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals. After five years of hard graft building towards the album - enjoying industry plaudits and ever-growing audiences - they found themselves with no management and no record label, forced to confront the fact it all could’ve been a false start. A lesser band would have packed it in and moved on; that band would not be Tall Ships. “We were emotionally, physically and financially spent. We needed a break for a while to pay off debts we’d accumulated, recover from health issues and simply do our own thing,” Phethean continues.
Looking back on the new album’s difficult conception, Impressions feels a particularly befitting title - Parker views it all as being strangely necessary to what this record would become; “If someone had just come to us and given us the money to make a second album right away, it would’ve been completely different. It’s a product of everything that’s happened over the past four years.” Listening to it now, what shines through is just how truthful a document of strife and struggle it is, not just for four young British musicians, but for a whole generation facing greater uncertainty and bigger decisions than in decades.
Tall Ships – Impressions album tracklisting
1. Road Not Taken
2. Will To Life
6. Meditations On Loss
7. Sea Of Blood
8. Lost & Found
9. Day By Day
10. Impressions (Bonus)
11. Purge (Bonus)
Impressions arrives March 31st 2017 on FatCat Records.
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