MOVIE premiere new song, ‘Tusk Vegas’
UK tour w/ Flyte (Oslo, November 4) || ‘Tusk Vegas’ EP released early 2015
“Big and bold…a sit-up-and-listen debut” NME
“MOVIE are here to save indie…perfection” Noisey
“Short, sharp, smart…step this way for intelligent indie-funk” Guardian
“A huge promise” Sunday Times
“MOVIE are packing some seriously ravenous hooks. You bring the popcorn” Line of Best Fit
MOVIE have premiered the title track from their forthcoming EP, ‘Tusk Vegas’, following acclaimed debut single ‘Ads’ – which picked up support across Radio 1 (Zane Lowe’s Next Hype, Huw Stephens, Phil & Alice), 6Music (Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq) and XFM. Following packed-out headline shows at Club NME and the Old Blue Last, the band will support Flyte across the UK in November (with a London show at Oslo on November 4). Further live plans and details of the ‘Tusk Vegas’ EP will be announced shortly.
Both warmly familiar and a breath of fresh air, ‘Ads’ earned South London trio MOVIE comparisons with the post-punk precision of Orange Juice, the urbane lyricism of Blur, or the glory days, noughties-Indie of Mystery Jets. Lyrically, it’s equal parts winks-and-nods and deadly serious, a thematic snapshot of the gap between old-school, escapist glamour (encapsulated in the name MOVIE) and the less-exotic mundanities of modern city life. The band’s debut EP, ‘Tusk Vegas’, takes this friction further still. Premiering today, the arch, muscular title track examines the emptiness of erotic fantasy, and the merging of pornographic voyeurism with real-life relationships. The resulting act is “as sexy as beef bourguignon”, with Las Vegas acting as a suitably sterile backdrop to the surface-level glitz of self-gratification. Though heartless in sentiment, musically ‘Tusk Vegas’ is anything but (all tight, angular riffs, stomping rhythm and an appropriately frenzied climax).
MOVIE are frontman and guitarist Theo Spark, Jamie Stiby Harris (vocals/keys/guitar) and Ollie Tobin (bass): fresh from University and Art School, friends since the age of 10, and living together in a disused pub in Tooting, where their smart and tight-knit sound is shaped. Beyond the titular track of the ‘Tusk Vegas’ EP, MOVIE’s songs are similarly self-deprecating but cocksure, by way of catharsis. The cowbell clatter of ‘In Vain’ twists an otherwise bleak image of unconditional love via a floor-filling, Let’s-Dance-era-Bowie groove, whilst the heady psychedelia of ‘In A Life’ reworks a demo Jamie’s dad recorded in the mid-60s, but had left lying around on a tape reel all these years. ‘Misty Windowpane’, meanwhile, mutates a love of classic girl-groups via disco, its spiraling organ and crashing outro capturing MOVIE’s overarching pick-and-mix approach to the great British pop acts through the last few decades. The results are infectious, contemporary and just as tongue in cheek as they are quietly, acutely observed: after the lights come up, this is a MOVIE you can believe in.
04/11 – Oslo Hackney, London w/ Flyte
05/11 – 02 Academy 3, Leicester w/ Flyte
06/11 – Bungalows And Bears, Sheffield w/ Flyte
07/11- The Shipping Forecast (Liverpool), Liverpool w/ Flyte