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The Tubs Announce UK Tour and Share Video for “Round The Bend”- Debut Album Out Now on Trouble in Mind

June 12, 2023
Maria Cecilia Tedemalm

The Tubs Announce UK Tour and Share Video for “Round The Bend”Directed by Scott Jacobson (Bob’s Burgers, The Daily Show) and Featuring Mark Proksch

Debut Album Out Now on Trouble in Mind

Following the release of their acclaimed debut album, Dead Meat, on Trouble in Mind, London-based Welsh band The Tubs have announced UK tour dates in October and November, including London’s Lexington.

Alongside the announce, they have also shared the video for “Round The Bend” via The Fader, directed by Scott Jacobson (best known for Bob’s Burgers and The Daily Show) and featuring Mark Proksch (The Office, Better Call Saul, What We Do in the Shadows) amongst other familiar faces.

Well, the video is what happens when two greats collide, so hit play and watch in its entirety. The Tubs just dazzle with their raw releases, their vision is vivid and their arrangement is ever-lasting.  The Tubs capture this infectious array of hooks, deep affection, raw tonalities, and this attitude that you can’t help but admire. The outfit devours the audience’s full attention with its shimmering shifts and their captivating magnetism.

Scott Jacobson says of the collaboration:

“I really loved the Tubs’ album — it came out of nowhere for me and is easily my most listened to album this year. It gave me the itch to direct a video, so I cold emailed the band through their Bandcamp like a real pro. 

While coming up with a concept for “Round The Bend” I discovered it’s a song that’s impossible not to sing along with in the car. Also it’s about having a sickly dawning realization that you’re an annoyance to the people around you. So I tried to combine those ideas in a video.

I’m a huge fan of Mark Proksch and was lucky to get him involved. All it took was sending him the song — I think he now loves the band as much as I do.”

The Tubs’ O Williams adds: 

“Round the Bend is about OCD manic states and I wanted the tune’s atmos to reflect the way those experiences can be a weird combination of painful, delusional, energising and comical. Scott’s done an amazing job of taking that vibe and running with it, and we were, of course, blown away by Mark’s deranged, hilarious performance. We were already big fans so it’s been an unexpected honour. That goes for the all-star cast, too!”

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Live Dates:

10th August – Norway – Oslo, Revolver
11th August – Norway – Bergen, Landmark
19th – 20th October – Netherlands – Rotterdam, Left of the Dial
23rd October – UK – Brighton, Hope & Ruin
25th October – UK – London, The Lexington
26th October – UK – Manchester, YES – Basement
27th October – UK – Liverpool, Metrocola
28th October – UK – Glasgow, Old Hairdressers
29th October – UK – Edinburgh, Leith Depot
31st October – UK – York, The Fulford Arms
1st November – UK – Leeds, Headrow House
2nd November – UK – Bristol, Crofters Rights
4th November – UK – Southampton, Heartbreakers

The Tubs make music that incorporates elements of post-punktraditional British-folk, and guitar jangle seasoned by nonchalant Flying Nun pop hooks and contemporary antipodean indie bands. Dead Meat is resplendent in hi-fidelity strum and thrum, but the group’s penchant for traditional British folk and Canterbury folk-rock takes a noticeable, caffeinated step forward. Echoes of Fairport Convention’s decidedly English chime cross swords with William’s lyrics.

Many songs urgently soar under Williams’ acerbic lyrics, recalling a younger, fiery Richard Thompson. These are pop tunes about erotomania, groinal rashes, extreme acts of sniveling and heinous South London flat odors. Mental illness tends to be a recurrent topic but these songs don’t offer any advice or particular sense of affirmation, relatability, hope etc. If anything, they seem more interested in the ways in which mental illness can turn the sufferer into a petty, annoying arsehole. O Williams explains: “Having a compulsive disorder which makes me go bonkers isn’t my ‘superpower’ or whatever, it actually just makes me this irritating guy who smells.” 

The Tubs have never been tighter and more dynamic, often imperceptible ratcheting up the tension, an extra guitar line overdubbed, a barely audible organ/synth cranking under a chorus or bridge, or unexpected backups from vocalist Lan McArdle. The Tubs are poised to take over your stereo – there’s no point in resisting. 

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