LIU BEI Announce release of Double A-Side 7” ‘Mind Over Matter / Philip Seymour Hoffman’

September 30, 2015



Announce release of Double A-Side 7” ‘Mind Over Matter / Philip Seymour Hoffman’ out 25th September via Famous Friends.


Listen to ‘Philip Seymour Hoffman here:

Listen to ‘Mind Over Matter’ here:

“AstonishingLine Of Best Fit

“Cinematic and expansive” NME

“Stunning”indie Shuffle

London duo Liu Bei have announced the release of a new double A­-side 7” single, ‘Mind Over Matter’ b/w ‘Philip Seymour Hoffman’, out September 25th via new London imprint Famous Friends.

Finding themselves enamoured with recent albums by the likes of Son Lux, Purity Ring, and Youth Lagoon, a newly inspired Liu Bei returned to the studio in late Spring to explore new musical territories.

Frontman Richard Walters:When Liu Bei started it kind of felt like we were tweaking a radio dial, searching out our place in things…where we’re at now is just a clearer, more focused version of where we began…it’s like we just came out of a reverb fog.

‘Philip Seymour Hoffman’, the flip-side to the recently released ‘Mind Over Matter’, is a stunning slow-burn of a song, one of those tracks that manages to creep into your head and build a solid home there. Lyrically detailing the imagined out-of-body experience of the Hollywood star in his final moments, it contains the wonderfully creepy/heartbreaking refrain ‘Who’s going to play me now?‘.

Richard Walters:Philip Seymour Hoffman was without question my favourite actor, someone I found so familiar and right in every role. When he died I was genuinely broken by it, it felt like such an unexpected loss…the chorus line was originally me jokingly asking who’s going to play me in the big Oliver Stone biopic of my life, but then just became about him…who the fuck is going to play Philip Seymour Hoffman…

The release follows a frenetic 12 months for Liu Bei which has seen the band release their debut single ‘Infatuation’ to universal critical acclaim; tour with Dry The River, as well as playing their own sell­out shows across the UK; and collaborating with Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell on a track (‘Fields) from the bands ‘Goodness EP’, released via Museumgoer Records in February 2015.

Collaboration is nothing new for Liu Bei’s Richard Walters and Patrick James Pearson who have independently worked as songwriters, working alongside the likes of Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Joe Henry, Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds, rising star Grace Lightman and London band We Are the Ocean, to name a few.

Collectively, their work together as Liu Bei recently attracted the attention of DJ and house producer Solomun, who was so taken with the band that he produced not one but two remixes of LB track ‘Atlas World’ (Day / Night). Both cuts were released on Solomun’s own 2DIY4 label earlier this year with ‘Day’ reaching #1 on the Beatport Electronica chart (both made the top ten) and receiving strong radio support across Europe.

‘Mind Over Matter / Philip Seymour Hoffman’ will be released on September 25th via Famous Friends.

The band play two headline shows in October to celebrate the release:

01­ Oct – London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen


02­ Oct – Oxford, The Bullingdon


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