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King Hannah Release New Single “Davey Says” Taken From New Album “Big Swimmer” Out 31st May via City Slang, UK & EU Tour Announced for September 2024

April 22, 2024
Credit Joséphine Leddet

King Hannah Release New Single ‘Davey Says’

Big Swimmer Out 31st May via City Slang

UK & EU Tour Announced for September 2024 + The Great Escape, End Of The Road Festival Appearances

Liverpool duo King Hannah (Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle) have today released their new single ‘Davey Says’, the second track taken from their upcoming album Big Swimmer (due for release on 31st May via City Slang). The record was produced by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, Perfume Genius) and finds wide-screen inspiration from the band’s time on the road over the past few years across the US, with stints supporting Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore.

Today’s track release is accompanied by a video directed by the band’s own Craig Whittle. The visual is an homage to the 90s garage rock music videos the band love so much, the feeling of nostalgic coming-of-age compounded by the use of an old camcorder to capture the more dynamic parts of the video, harking back to home movies and long, endless days of band practices in your parents’ garage. The track is full of youthful optimism and sentiment, better expressed by the band’s vocalist Hannah Merrick –

“’Davey Says’ is our ode to 90s, American indie garage rock. We wanted this to be a raucous, fuzzy, light-hearted moment in the album, but to still have that feeling of ‘youcandoanything-ness’. The opening line ‘Meet me before the party, I don’t want to walk in alone’ is our attempt at that classic American 90’s imagery, of coming-of-age nostalgia and romance, of late warm summer nights when the future is draped in front of you.”

There is nothing that King Hannah can’t do, the latest release from the outfit allows the musicians to embark on another dynamic journey where they have this space to explore further tones, delving into an expansive range of genres/influences and advanced emotive threads. The adventurous and attentive focus on the details of the immersive atmosphere that is produced in the new release “Davey Says“, ultimately becomes the infectious hook for the vision.

King Hannah has created something so fresh and oozes elemental imagery amongst this American-inspired ambience. The compelling strength of the dual harmonies elevates one another, as the lyrics loop and grow with power, the harmonies invigorate the soundscape.

King Hannah has this outstanding talent.

The band recently announced a run of UK and EU shows for September 2024 and have announced further EU shows and a run of dates in the USA and Canada. Tickets are on sale now here.

About Big Swimmer 

On their first tour of the United States, King Hannah could hardly believe where their debut record had taken them. The Liverpool indie rock duo, composed of Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle, were in the middle of the southwestern deserts of New Mexico, among other places they’d only seen portrayed in films and television. Their stubborn determination and sheer guts to swim hard towards their carefully planned vision, positively unquestionably, had landed them head-first in a scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidBadlands or one of the several true crime documentaries they’d enjoy when off the road. Being in a new place opened their eyes to common occurrences that they may have ignored had they happened in Liverpool, with a new perspective. Much of the band’s second record, Big Swimmer, reflects on stories from their travels, as the duo shared the stage with Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, and festivals throughout Europe and North America. Particularly in America, Merrick and Whittle found themselves looking through their tour van window as a sort of screen, allowing for inspiration for their storytelling to come pouring in.

“Because if you’re visiting a different country, it’s more like you’re witnessing someone’s life,” Merrick comments on the band’s experiences on the road in the States. Therein a balance of lightness and darkness melded together, as the band witnessed everyday delights, horrors and mundanities – this all against the backdrop of their dreams of performing their songs around the world coming true. That balance is essential to Hannah and Craig, especially as they approach each release as an individual project, writing songs together from scratch. This can be heard in equal parts on their first EP, Tell Me Your Mind And I’ll Tell You Mine, and debut album I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me, out in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Coincidentally, the title track and album opener, “Big Swimmer,” was the final song written before heading from the road into the studio to record their follow up, standing as a physical testament to the album’s ultimate metaphor like a punch to the gut; that you don’t achieve anything by throwing the towel in. “Big Swimmer” is one of two tracks on the album to feature vocals from indie stalwart Sharon Van Etten. Having a cherished hero offer her endorsement and co-sign to this rising band’s music truly moved the duo, especially to be featured on the album title track that embodies the balance struck when chasing creative visions.

Wanting to capture the energy from the live shows of their debut tours, Merrick and Whittle went to producer and engineer Ali Chant (Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius). The producer’s one-room studio, guitar amps stacked even in the bathroom, felt like home. Tracking the songs live at once was essential. Whittle dotes on the microphone bleed, saying the goal was to create that feeling of everyone playing in a room together. In this space, they blended the richness and heart of the 70’s with the simmering noise of the 90’s.

Big Swimmer finds King Hannah on the other side of their first act with a newfound understanding of their sound, their strengths, their gratitude, and their vision for the future of the band’s music. This understanding has no doubt ushered the profound confidence heard in their new songs – Merrick’s voice soaring, Whittle’s guitar blazing – and the balance they have found while traversing the waters of the Atlantic, or the rock venues on either side of it anyhow. The album leaves your hairs standing on the back of your neck, between the at times prickly, and often heartening imagery of its storytelling. It’s very likely that when listening, you’ll find yourself daydreaming of a lake in summer and wanting to jump on in.

King Hannah – Big Swimmer Tour (2024) 

May 17 + 18 – The Great Escape: Brighton (UK)

June 29 – Empty Bottle: Chicago

July 1 – Johnny Brenda’s: Philadelphia, PA

July 2 – Elsewhere Zone 1: Brooklyn

July 4 – Festival D’été de Québec: Quebec City (QC)

July 5 – La Noce Festival: Chicoutimi (QC)

July 17 – Botanique: Bologna (IT)

July 18 – Piazza delle Feste/Mojotic: Genova (IT)

July 20 – TVSpenta dal vivo: Rapolano Terme (Siena) (IT) 

July 21 – Triennale Milano: Milano (IT)

August 29 – Strange Brew: Bristol (UK)

August 30 – End of the Road: Dorset (UK)

September 5 – Lido: Berlin (DE)

September 6 – Vega (Ideal Bar): Copenhagen (DK)

September 8 – Paard: Den Haag (NL)

September 9 – Paradiso: Amsterdam (NL)

September 11 – Effenaar: Eindhoven (NL) 

September 12 – La Maroquinerie: Paris (FR)

September 13 – AB Club: Brussels (BE)

September 14 – Reflektor: Liège (BE)

September 15 – Leffinge Leuren: Leffinge (BE)

September 17 – AFF@Bootstraat: Hasselt (BE)

September 18 – Vera: Groningen (NL)

September 19 – Café Glocksee: Hannover (DE)

September 25 – Rich Mix: London (UK)

+ Additional Dates Coming Soon!

Big Swimmer Track-Listing

1.     Big Swimmer *

2.     New York, Let’s Do Nothing

3.     The Mattress

4.     Milk Boy (I Love You)

5.     Suddenly, Your Hand

6.     Somewhere Near El Paso

7.     Lily Pad

8.     Davey Says

9.     Scully

10.  This Wasn’t Intentional *

11.  John Prine On The Radio

* Special Guest Sharon Van Etten



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