TV Priest are a new band from the outskirts of London who sound capable of creating quite a stir.
They’re a band with no previous, but frontman Charlie Drinkwater works as a visual artist for Fontaines DC, among others.
Various plans around their debut release. House Of York, have been scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic, but their IDLES-meets-The Fall sound marks them out as a name to look out for.
Firm friends since their youth, TV Priest first making music together as teenagers, then went in different directions before resuming writing and rehearsals late last year.
Early songs took form in their studio space in Hackney Wick, and they knew they were onto something a little special.
House Of York, their propulsive debut single, was recorded, engineered and mixed by the band themselves before being mastered at Abbey Road.
Creating a sound somewhere between post-punk, prog and kraut-rock, the band cite the likes of Protomartyr, Ought and The Fall among their formative influences.
Drinkwater said: “House Of York broadly addresses the approach to class and the philosophical and psychological impact a monarchy has had on our country. The idea of an ordained family, traditionally and historically appointed by ‘God’, has defined our country in both ways both good and bad.
“We were interested in the less-positive outcomes this sense of ‘leadership’ has had, how an individual is conflated with a national ‘cause’ or set of rights and macro actions. Can the UK ever truly be meritocratic with a principle like a constitutional monarch? Our guess is probably not.”
The artwork is of Prince Albert in London, painted by Drinkwater himself, who is also a visual artist.
The band plan to release further songs throughout the year, with a live set and more readied for the end of the pandemic.
TV Priest are: Charlie Drinkwater (vocals), Alex Sprogis (guitar), Nic Smith (bass, keyboard) and Ed Kelland (drums).