Up and coming London post-punk band TV Priest have today released a new single as it was revealed they have signed to the iconic Sub Pop Records label for their debut album.

The band, who have received the stamp of approval from BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, were due to release their first long-player, Uppers, on the Hand In Hive label on November 13.

It has now been put back to February 5 next year after the band signed to Sub Pop, but they have pressed ahead with the release of a new single, Decoration, and an accompanying video.

TV Priest frontman Charlie 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.

They got back together late in 2019 and played their first gig last November, to a smattering of friends in what they describe as an “industrial freezer” in the warehouse district of Hackney Wick.

More live dates were pencilled in for 2020, but thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, that remains their only outing to date.

Uppers takes its musical cues from post-punk stalwarts and the mechanical, pulsating grooves of krautrock, with Drinkwater weaving his words on top.

Decoration is the band’s fifth single, following standalones House Of York and Runner Up, and advance album tracks This Island and Slideshow.

Uppers is now available to pre-order from Sub Pop HERE.

TV Priest are due to play the following live dates next year, pandemic permitting.

20th April – Bristol – Rough Trade

21st April – Southampton – Heartbreakers

22nd April – London – The Shacklewell Arms

23rd April – Brighton – Prince Albert

29th April – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

30th April – Yes (Basement) – Manchester

Sub Pop rose to fame in the late 80s by signing Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney, who were key players in the grunge movement.

It is still considered a major taste-maker, with its current roster including Fleet Foxes, Foals, Beach House, Sleater-Kinney, Father John Misty and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

Gary Welford
ipamusic.co.uk owner