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August 19, 2020


Out November 13th on Hand In Hive 

London’s TV Priest arrived seemingly fully formed at the start of the year with their widescreen debut single, “House Of York”, immediately picking up international press attention and seeing support from BBC 6 Music, including multiple plays from Steve Lamacq.

It was no fluke.

Their second single, “Runner Up”, followed soon after and saw the band go straight onto the 6 Music playlist. If ever there was a new band with confidence in their material it’s this one: today they announce their debut album “Uppers” (out November 13th on Hand In Hive) alongside a track listing confident enough to leave both out. The album will be available physically on both CD and LP, including a run of 300 strictly limited coloured vinyl through Recordstore.


Like both early singles so far, the album is self-produced by the band’s own Nic Smith and is tantamount to the dual power of both a DIY ethic and immediate, incendiary songs. Their third single, “This Island”, debuted today as Jack Saunders’ “Next Wave” on Radio 1 and the first to be taken from the album, is another maelstrom of satire and melodic intensity, all wrapped around a fiery polemic on the state of Britain in 2020, hurt but hopeful.

This Island has the capability to evoke change to the audience, the single release feels like a revolution. The haunting yet heroic brooding vocals, the angular tones and the immediate format. Easily one of the strongest releases of 2020. A truly expressive orchestration that will ignite a passion to any listener.

Front man Charlie Drinkwater says the following about the song:

“‘ This Island’ is about incoherence and inarticulate responses, both personal and political, in a time and place you don’t fully understand anymore. It’s an unrequited love letter, and a howl of frustration; a mea culpa and a call to arms. We wrote this to an increasingly nationalistic and isolationist drum beat playing out at home and abroad, and frankly we are scared and appalled.

As artists we aren’t offering up solutions for living, but maybe we can extend a hand and let someone know that you aren’t alone in feeling under prepared in your responses yet powerful in your convictions.

That small boats can still make big waves. That we have a world to win.”

TV Priest will also be playing their first headline dates in October of this year.
Catch the band live on the following dates:

27.10 – YES Basement – Manchester
28.10 – Shacklewell Arms – London
29.10 – Rough Trade – Bristol
30.10 – The Prince Albert – Brighton
31.10 – Heartbreakers – Southampton

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