Wednesday, May 27, 2020

TV Priest release second single "Runner Up" | Announce first headlining show | Out now via Hand In Hive


 Release second single "Runner Up"
out now via Hand In Hive


Announce first headline show for 28th October at Shacklewell Arms

 Support for TV Priest's "House Of York":

"A frenzied anthem." - Earmilk

"A riotous debut single... finding a balance of subtlety and decisive awakening that’s fed through the laconic, abstract drawl of Charlie Drinkwater, seamlessly subverting into a deafening anthem in itself." - So Young

"Their sound is ultimately chaotic, with cuts of fuzzy distortion creating a disorienting and thrilling listening experience." - Gigwise

Discovery - The Line Of Best Fit

New Banger - NME

London's TV Priest arrived fully formed last month with a widescreen debut single, "House Of York", seeing significant international press and immediate support from BBC 6 Music, including multiple plays from Steve Lamacq.

Today they follow this with a second introduction to the TV Priest sound in the thunderclap of "Runner Up". Both the lyrics and vocal take were collaged together from only two takes, keeping an energy and acerbic immediacy to the track. Like "House Of York", it was produced and engineered by Nic from the band at their own studio space in Hackney Wick. 



Front man Charlie Drinkwater has the following to say about the sentiments behind the band's latest track:

“Runner Up" address feelings and patterns of lived experience as a citizen of a globalised, late capitalist nation.

It’s about white goods, Protestant work ethic, Catholic guilt, game shows, not dancing at the Christmas party, four-car garages, meal deals, spam folders, lotteries, carrots and sticks.

The ‘perpetual motion’ of this economic model feeds a sense of the inadequate in the individual. It seeks to rob us of deeper human connections with people, places, and objects in the drive to generate vast incomes for a small percentage of the population. Despite getting that new shirt, new job, or new car it’s never quite enough, the 'true' object of you affection remains just out of reach, with the latest model upgraded before your very eyes.

And yet the model forces us to be complicit and turn hypocrite. As we upload this song we directly, albeit incrementally, help the revenue streams of homogeneous multinational corporations who've no real interest in ‘connecting’ people beyond establishing data sets that help in predictive behaviour ‘markets’.

This song was written as a response to that, a patchwork of observations on what it was to live and work in a pre-pandemic Britain. Perhaps a Britain that may no longer exist."

The band have announced their awaited first headlining show, on the 28th October at The Shacklewell Arms (BUY TICKETS)

Before then, they will also support Egyptian Blue at London's The Lexington on September 29th
TV Priest are:

Charlie Drinkwater - vocals
Alex Sprogis - guitars
Nic Smith - bass, keys
Ed Kelland - drums

TV Priest online:

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