Following their triumphant ‘Beats Like Distant Tides’ single earlier this year, Cleethorpes’ Orphan Boy have announced ‘From the Provinces’ for June 22nd. The second single to be taken from their upcoming third album Coastal Tones, due for release May 25th via Concrete Recordings.
“The track is an anthem for small, unsung towns,” frontman Rob Cross reveals. “The lyrics, “satellites without gravity” refer to provincial towns now breaking free from the pull of the cities; they are culturally empowered thanks to the Internet age and can write their own chapters in British culture,” he adds. “We wanted to use a Sunday League football theme for the video because it represents the kind of DIY, Shop Local spirit that you see in small town music scenes. I also like the idea of the plucky strugglers succeeding against their more efficient and organised counterparts.”
Due May 25th, the band’s forthcoming third album Coastal Tones is an unflinching view of life on the fringes. Delivered with the poetic flair of John Cooper Clarke, frontman Rob Cross’ lyrical inspirations range from the bleak view of a Grimsby tower block to furious ruminations on the neglected realms of Scunthorpe, Doncaster and many other often overlooked Northern pastures. “I’ve always liked the idea of seeing the beauty in the mundane,” says Rob, who cites Jarvis Cocker, Irvine Welsh and Charles Bukowski as lyrical touchstones.
Orphan Boy released their debut album, Shop Local, in2008, followed by 2010’s Passion, Pain & Loyalty, both of which gathered radio support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, Jim Gellately, Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens.
Having previously played alongside the likes of Babyshambles and The Sunshine Underground and appeared at Glastonbury, the Secret Garden Party and Truck festivals, Orphan boy have announced a string of live dates across the UK below.
18th Hitchin, Club 85
20th Stoke, The Brown Jug
31st Derby, DE1 Festival
12th Manchester, Sound Control
Coastal Tones track listing:
1.Beats Like Distant Tides
4.On A Nelson Skyline
5.From The Provinces
6.Money To Money
8.Bury Your Stars
10.Thirty Something Lovesick Ballad
Orphan Boy are: Rob Cross (guitar / vocals), Paul Smith (bass), Chris Day (drums) & Sam Carlton (keyboards).