Photo credit: Morgan Sinclair (click image for hi-res)
SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘PETRICHOR’
TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING SECOND ALBUM IMPRESSIONS
NEW RELEASE DATE, MARCH 31ST, VIA FATCAT RECORDS
ON TOUR ACROSS THE UK SPRING 2017
Today, Brighton’s Tall Ships are proud to present ‘Petrichor‘, the latest 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 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 distill 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.”
Please see below for more info on Impressions, as well as a full touring itinerary for the band’s spring UK dates, which offer a tantalising glimpse of what to expect from the album ahead of its March 31st release.
Tall Ships – Impressions // FatCat Records – 31/03/17
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)
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More about Impressions:
Impressions is the follow-up to Tall Ships‘ acclaimed debut album, 2012’s Everything Touching, which saw the band championed by the BBC and NME, selling out shows across the UK including London’s Scala, and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.
It was the result of a difficult 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 Devon 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.
It’s proved an invaluable lesson for the band, however, not just in how it’s hardened their resolve, but equally in the way the experiences have directly fed into their art, as Parker explains: “It’s a product of everything that’s happened to us over the past four years.” Listening to it now, what shines through is how truthful a document of strife and struggle lies behind its potent anthemia, not just for four young British musicians, but for a generation facing greater uncertainty and bigger decisions than in decades.
Get Impressions CD/vinyl bundles here, and pre-order via iTunes here.
Upcoming UK dates:
Feb 16th | Cheap Mondays x Clash In-Store, London INFO
Mar 2nd | The Bullingdon, Oxford
Mar 3rd | The Cookie, Leicester
Mar 4th | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Mar 6th | King Tut’s, Glasgow
Mar 7th | Deaf Institute, Manchester
Mar 8th | Omeara, London
Mar 9th | The Louisiana, Bristol (SOLD OUT)
Apr 1st | 2Q Festival, Derby
May 2nd | Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
May 3rd | Portland Arms, Cambridge
May 4th | Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
May 5th | Bush Hall, London
May 6th | The Haunt, Brighton