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STURGILL SIMPSON COVERS MANCHESTER BAND FOR NEW VIDEO + ANNOUNCES UK TOUR‏

June 20, 2014

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WATCH STURGILL SIMPSON’S MESMERISING NEW VIDEO FOR THE PROMISE + UK TOUR ANNOUNCED

Napoleon Dynamite fans may recognise The Promise as being that song soundtracking the film’s closing scene. 80s New Wave aficionados may simply know it for being Manchester band, When In Rome’s lone US hit single. On Sturgill Simpson’s new album, “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music” the Kentucky born singer takes the song apart and puts it back together in a distinctly non-New Wave type way, making you believe that this is the way it was always meant to be.

“One of my favorite country songs of the year isn’t even a country song…” says The Fader on Sturgill’s reworking of The Promise. (Fader’s recent profile on Sturgill marked the first time a country artist had ever been featured in the magazine.) “Promise you’ll stick around to his yell at 3:40; nothing tops it”, they advise.

Allow yourself to be transfixed by Sturgill in this brand new video for The Promise, shot and edited by Graham Uhelski:

Sturgill will be bringing his band over to the UK for the first time this autumn. Tickets for October tour dates are now on sale now.

SUMMER TOUR DATES 2014

29 Jun – GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
24 Jul – LONDON, Bush Hall
25 Jul – SHEFFIELD, Greystones
26 Jul – PERTH, Southern Fried Festival
27 Jul – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso

UK TOUR OCTOBER 2014 (FULL BAND)

30 Sep – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
01 Oct – BRISTOL, St. Bonaventure’s
02 Oct – LIVERPOOL, Leaf
03 Oct – CORK, Triskel Arts Centre
04 Oct – DUBLIN, Whelan’s
05 Oct – GLASGOW, Oran Mor
06 Oct – GATESHEAD, The Sage

THE PROMISE PRESS QUOTES – JUNE 2014

“Simpson’s music is soul-stirring even when he sticks to the script. He exerts a powerful command of his genre’s weepiest forms, and “The Promise” is as fine an example as any.” STEREOGUM

“One of my favorite country songs of the year isn’t even a country song… Promise you’ll stick around to his yell at 3:40; nothing tops it.” THE FADER

“[Sturgill] manages to turn When In Rome’s 1988 one-hit wonder into a tender (and barely recognizable) ballad.” 
PASTE

“a soaring, deeply felt honky-tonk reworking of U.K. pop band When in Rome’s lone hit” 
SPIN

“The Promise feels indebted to Johnny Cash’s late-in-life career turn remaking unlikely artists’ songs in his inimitable style, right down to Simpson’s pulpy murmur.” 
NEW YORK TIMES

“The best moment [on Metamodern Sounds] may be the most unlikely: a cover of the 1988 post-New Wave hit “The Promise”. Simpson delivers it with gentle stalwartness, testifying powerfully to the magnitude of love. The Mellotron string section swoops in to add some earthly drama to an emotion that might just explain the entire universe.” 
PITCHFORK

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