Hotly-tipped post-punk band TV Priest, who should appeal to fans of IDLES and Fontaines DC, have announced the release date for their debut album.

The Londoners received international press attention and multiple plays from BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq for their first single, House Of York, at the beginning of this year.

A 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 have released a third single, This Island, and announced that their debut album Uppers will be released on 13 November on the Hand In Hive label.

They’re so confident in its tracklisting that they’ve left the first two singles off it. The album will be available physically on both CD and LP, including a run of 300 strictly limited coloured vinyl through Recordstore. Pre-order Uppers HERE.

This Island, which addresses creeping nationalism, is another maelstrom of satire and melodic intensity, wrapped around a fiery polemic on the state of Britain in 2020, hurt but hopeful.

Frontman Charlie Drinkwater said: “This Island is about incoherence and inarticulate responses, both personal and political, in a time and place you don’t fully understand any more. 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.”

Drinkwater and bandmates Alex Sprogis (guitar), Nic Smith (bass and keys) and Ed Kelland (drums) are childhood friends who made music together as teenagers before drifting apart and then got back together late in 2019.

Last November they played their first show, to a smattering of friends in what they describe as an “industrial freezer” in the warehouse district of Hackney Wick. Gigs were pencilled in for 2020, but thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, that remains their only live gig to date.

Uppers takes its musical cues from both post-punk stalwarts and the mechanical, pulsating grooves of krautrock, with Charlie – a cuttingly funny, angry, confused, real frontman – weaving his words on top. If what we’ve heard so far is any indication, the album is one to look forward to.

TV Priest will also be playing their first headline dates in October this year, pandemic permitting. You can catch them live on the following dates:

27 October – YES Basement – Manchester
28 October – Shacklewell Arms – London
29 October – Rough Trade – Bristol
30 October – The Prince Albert – Brighton
31October – Heartbreakers – Southampton

Gary Welford
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