SOAK Premieres Video for ‘Sea Creatures’- Announces Album + Tour Dates

February 13, 2015


SOAK premieres video for ‘Sea Creatures’
Debut album – ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ – announced for June 1
Headline Tour on sale Friday 13th, Worldwide tour dates and SK9 shows also confirmed

“A vivid portrait of teenage deep-thinking: intricate, ambiguous psychodramas” Guardian
SOAK’s sound has snippets of Cat Power and the delicacy of Lykke Li…well-crafted and uplifting psalms” Noisey
“Age be damned. Talent shouts louder” NME 
“Understated and beautiful” Stereogum

SOAK has unveiled the video to new single ‘Sea Creatures’, alongside plans for her debut album and further live dates. ‘Sea Creatures’ will be released via Rough Trade on March 16, and is moving up the Radio 1 playlist, currently on the C list (with support spanning Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens to Fearne Cotton and Annie Mac, plus additional spins across 6Music and XFM). The new video – premiering today – draws together the narratives of various characters via one life-changing event, and was filmed (often with just Bridie and her skateboard) at the crack of dawn around London’s Olympic Park.

Named a One To Watch for 2015 via the likes of iTunes, Spotify and the BBC Sound Poll, SOAK has also today announced details of her forthcoming debut album‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ will be released on June 1 and is available for pre-order now (with ‘Sea Creatures’, ‘B a noBody’ and ‘SHUVELS’ available to download immediately as instant-grats). Currently embarking on a free run of shows at skate-parks nationwide, Bridie has confirmed early festival slots (SXSW, Great Escape, Primavera) together with just-announced debut shows across America and Australia. A forthcoming headline tour – featuring London’s Bush Hall on June 4 – goes on sale this Friday at 9AM.

‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ is a stunning snapshot of SOAK’s formative years growing up in Northern Ireland, touching variously on the themes of isolation, family and what to do with your future. Already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, Bridie has been a rising star in her hometown of Derry since the age of 14, when a chance uploading of the ‘Sea Creatures’ demo to the BBC Introducing playlist saw A&R board the next flight over and park up outside the Monds-Watson’s household. Yet SOAK rushed into nothing, instead splitting her time between studies, the local skate-park and daunting early shows (such as opening Derry’s tenure as City of Culture hours before a GCSE exam). Things moved forward last year, when Bridie teamed up with CHVRCHES for their launch of a singles label, toured with George Ezra and Tegan & Sara, before signing a deal with Rough Trade the same summer most of her friends got their A-Level results. Produced alongside Tommy from Villagers, her debut album traces SOAK’s extraordinary journey to this point, and marks Bridie’s graduation from raw talent to a significant songwriter for the years ahead. It seems also to speak of those more universal joys and fears of adolescence, before we, too, forgot how to dream.

Feb 13              Bournemouth, Prevail Skate House (SK9 Tour)
Feb 14              Weymouth, Front Skate Park (SK9 Tour)
Feb 17              London, Parlour Skate Shop (SK9 Tour)
Feb 19              Halifax, Orangebox (SK9 Tour)
Feb 20              Dumbarton, Unit 23 Skate Park (SK9 Tour)
Feb 21              Sheffield, The House Skate Park (SK9 tour)
Feb 23              Paris                 Fireworks Festival – Le Carmen
March 5 Oslo                 by:Larm Festival @ Mpono
March 6 Oslo                 by:Larm Festival @ Kirken
March 12           New York  Rockwood Music Hall:
March 12           Brooklyn           TBC
March 18-20      Texas               SXSW Festival
April 9               Brescia             Foyer Teatro Grande
April 10             Ravenna           Bronson
April 11             San Costanzo-Pesaro  Teatro della Concordia
April 15             Sydney             Hibernian House
April 17             Melbourne         Shadow Electric
April 18             Auckland          The Golden Dawn
April 23             Berlin                Kantine am Berghain
May 14-15         Brighton            Great Escape Festival
May 16             Brussels           Les Nuits Botanique
May 22             Mannheim         Mailfeld Derby
May 23             Dortmund         Way Back When
May 31             Barcelona         Primavera Sound Festival

UK & IRELAND HEADLINE TOUR (on sale 13.02.2015)
June 4              London             Bush Hall:
June 5              Manchester       Sacred Trinity:
June 6              Glasgow           Oran Mor:
June 10             Belfast              Empire Music Hall:
June 11             Dublin               Pepper Cannister:
June 12             Galway             Roisin Dubh:
June 13             Cork                 Triskel Christchurch:

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