TV Priest are a London-based band which recently signed with British label Hand In Hive (Swimming Tape, Wyldest). We introduced them with the debut track “House of York”; now they have announced the release of the debut album called Uppers which will be out on November 13th. Like both early singles so far, the album is self-produced by the band’s own Nic Smith and is tantamount to the dual power of both a DIY ethic and immediate, incendiary songs.
“This Island” is the first excerpt. Watch the official video below.
Front man Charlie Drinkwater says the following about the song: “‘ This Island’ is about incoherence and inarticulate responses, both personal and political, in a time and place you don’t fully understand anymore. It’s an unrequited love letter, and a howl of frustration; a mea culpa and a call to arms. We wrote this to an increasingly nationalistic and isolationist drum beat playing out at home and abroad, and frankly we are scared and appalled.
As artists we aren’t offering up solutions for living, but maybe we can extend a hand and let someone know that you aren’t alone in feeling under prepared in your responses yet powerful in your convictions.
That small boats can still make big waves. That we have a world to win.”