New Releases from 3 Yorkshire Artists: RADARS, Fran Minney and The Calls
First up, Leeds’s psychedelic guitar trio The Calls take a reflective tone with single, ‘I Just Thought I’d Say’. A lament on the current state of the world, the song taps into a feeling that a lot of people share where the anger has turned into a sad resignation.
The accompanying poignant video takes a nomadic view of the world, balancing the different lives and stories of people through home videos. “The video reflects the song,” explains singer Tom Fuller, “by depicting me living in the back of my van in isolation, trying to escape the chaos of the times.”
The Calls are a proudly DIY band who write, record and rehearse all their music in a converted barn and travel around in an old window cleaner’s van. The band are driven by the unconventional songwriting of Tom Fuller, who puts an introspective slant on social observations through cryptic wordplay and subtle use of metaphor.
Guitarist Will Johnson is a film maker and visual artist whose unrestrained and often highly unusual sound is due to the fact that, remarkably, he had never picked up a guitar before joining; and bassist Marcell Haslewood, a lifeguard finding his way through life via a combination of ambience and dub, and a unique approach to playing that regularly subverts expectations.
Another Leeds artist, Fran Minney is back – also with a song inspired by the travails of lockdown. ‘Skin’, a collaboration with Leeds-based electro project The Ocean Beneath, attempts to convey the touch-starved feeling so many have felt during lockdown, with a beat to help you dance out that desperation.
‘Skin’ is released on 29th September.
Finally, Hull’s RADARS have released their fourth single, ‘Get Better’. Following in the footsteps of previous release, ‘Same Page’, which has attained over 10,000 streams on Spotify alone, the new single channels the full force of the band’s driving riffs with dance-inspired grooves. It’s a stadium anthem for a time when stadiums remain empty.
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