Symphonic pop band The Leisure Society have revealed a new video for ‘Dust On The Dancefloor’, their latest single which is out today on Full Time Hobby. The band are also mid-way through their support shows for Laura Marling’s UK tour of cathedral’s. Full details of all the dates are below including The Leisure Society’s forthcoming own headline show at The Barbican in December.
Directed by End of The Road Film’s Joseph Brett, ‘Dust On The Dancefloor’ is an atmospheric clip witnessing the band performing amidst Super 8 projections.
Watch ‘Dust On The Dancefloor’ here:
Over to band leader Nick Hemming to explain some of the inspirations behind the promo:
“I bought a Super 8 camera a couple of years ago, I guess as some kind of nostalgic rebellion against the digital world that we live in. The colouring and pace of old film can be very beautiful and there’s something quite thrilling about getting a developed film reel back from the lab, not knowing exactly what it contains. ‘Dust On The Dancefloor’ is basically the reminiscences of an old man reflecting on a life of romantic conquests and failures, so we thought the 8mm footage would be a great illustration of the way the days run away from us.
“We met director Joseph Brett at the End Of The Road Festival and, to our surprise, he agreed to make a film for us. We did as Joseph said – without completely understanding the concept – and a couple of weeks later he came back with this wonderful video. We weren’t sure how he was going to incorporate our amateurish home movie footage, but somehow he’s managed to make it work!”
The video also follows on from The Leisure Society’s recently released Bandstand Busking session. Filmed on a glorious summer day this year at Arnold Circus in London, the session captures that feelgood atmosphere that the band carry with them to all their shows:
‘Dust On The Dancefloor’ is taken from their critically acclaimed second album, ‘Into The Murky Water’, which was released in May of this year. The album will be re-issued on the 31st October and will include a 7-track bonus CD of covers, instrumentals, oddities and rarities.
The Leisure Society have a had a successful 2011, playing a sold-out show at London’s Union Chapel, plus an intimate and unusual acoustic gig at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium as well as being personally chosen by Ray Davies to perform and record with him as part of the Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre (footage of which can be viewed here).
Additionally they play a very special headline show at the London Barbican on Thursday 8th December 2011. The show will feature backing from the 30-piece Heritage Orchestra. Formed in 2004 by producer Christopher Wheeler and conductor composer Jules Buckley and based in the De La Warr pavilion in Bexhill, they are one of the best-known young orchestras in the U.K., celebrated for their collaborations with contemporary mainstream and experimental artists. They have recently worked with John Cale and also performed Vangelis’s Blade Runner soundtrack at the Massive Attack-curated Meltdown.
Special guest at the Barbican show will be fellow Full Time Hobby artist, Texan singer-songwriter Micah P. Hinson.
As a result of the Laura Marling support slots, the band have postponed their UK headline tour which was due to go ahead in October – the dates have been re-arranged for February / March 2012.
The full list of dates is as follows:
24th Manchester Manchester Cathedral *
25th Bristol Bristol Cathedral *
26th London London Central Methodist Hall *
28th Liverpool Liverpool Cathedral *
29th Birmingham Birmingham Cathedral *
8th London Barbican with The Heritage Orchestra + Micah P Hinson
Get tickets HERE
15th Norwich Arts Centre
16th Sheffield The Harley
17th Newcastle The Cluny
18th Clitheroe The Grand
25th Cambridge Junction 2
26th Birmingham Glee Club
2nd Belfast Black Box
3rd Dublin Whelan’s
- denotes with Laura Marling
And finally, ‘We Were Wasted’, a track from their debut album, appears as the closing song in‘Tyrannosaur’, the latest film written and directed by Paddy Considine and starring Peter Mul