The indie pop band Pale Blue Eyes have seen their star rise astro­nom­i­cal­ly over the past year – right­ly so – and Hang Out, the new sin­gle from their upcom­ing sec­ond album (Sep­tem­ber, folks) called ‘This House’ is yet again proof that they are on the right track. Hang Out – the sec­ond share from album This House – is due for release on 1st Sep­tem­ber 2023 on Full Time Hob­by.

Hang Out aims to cap­ture the sim­plis­tic won­der of being amongst friends. It’s about “the impor­tance of attempt­ing to just switch off and enjoy sim­ple moments – the sun on your face, hang­ing out with friends in the pub or in a field”, say the band. “In the good times and the bad there’s always the sim­ple plea­sure of just hang­ing out with mates.”

The track comes with an accom­pa­ny­ing lyric video cre­at­ed by long-term band col­lab­o­ra­tor Dylan Friese-Green.

There’s a smoky, swirly, psy­che­del­ic qual­i­ty to the open­ing bars as if the band mem­bers are search­ing back through their minds, invok­ing a sense of wist­ful­ness as they con­jure up plea­sur­able mem­o­ries. The mes­sage con­veyed is one of pos­i­tiv­i­ty and joy: adver­si­ty may have reared its head but its those sweet times with good friends who nour­ish the soul that are being cel­e­brat­ed here. 

This House is titled after the build­ing on the front cov­er – the rur­al Devon home where singer/guitarist Matt Broad grew up and where the band had built a well-equipped DIY record­ing stu­dio. As the album was being fin­ished, Matt’s moth­er died, fol­low­ing a heart-break­ing degen­er­a­tive ill­ness. Fel­low band mem­bers Matt and Lucy had been liv­ing at the house, help­ing to look after his mum.

“When Mum died, five years after Dad, there was this charge hang­ing in the air, con­nect­ing each per­son in the room,” says Matt. “Time stopped. I felt like I momen­tar­i­ly entered an alter­na­tive dimen­sion between life and death. Days and weeks lat­er I’d see my fam­i­ly in every cor­ner of the house – all the reminders, ghosts and mem­o­ries. Then, grad­u­al­ly, it felt like time for a new start, mov­ing on from the house and my amaz­ing parents.”

The band will be play­ing a hand­ful of in-stores in Eng­land dur­ing This House’s release week:
6th Sept – Res­i­dent, Brighton
7th Sept – Pic­cadil­ly, Man­ches­ter (4pm show)
7th Sept – Crash, Leeds (evening show)
8th Sept – Drift, Totnes (Out­store)

The band are tour­ing through­out the sum­mer and into win­ter, tick­ets and info here.
8th July – Bex­hill – Seav­iew Fes­ti­val
29th July – Thirsk – Dear Shed Festival4th August – Bin­g­ley – Week­ender
5th August – Dar­ling­ton – Are­na (Sup­port­ing James, Edi­tors)
13th August – Newquay – Board­mas­ters Festival23rd Oct – Bor­deaux – Le Kraka­toa
24th Oct – Rennes – L’ubu
26th Oct – Paris – L’International
28th Oct – Ams­ter­dam – Lon­don Call­ing Festival

2nd Nov – Hert­ford – Corn Exchange
3rd Nov – Southamp­ton – Join­ers
4th Nov – Leeds – Bel­grave Music Hall
5th Nov – Pen­rith – Brunswick Yard
7th Nov – New­cas­tle – Cluny
9th Nov – Edin­burgh – Mash House
10th Nov – Glas­gow – Broad­cast
11th Nov – Not­ting­ham – Bode­ga
12th Nov – Sheffield – Foundry
13th Nov – Oxford – Bulling­don
15th Nov – Birm­ing­ham – Hare & Hounds
16th Nov – Lon­don – Vil­lage Under­ground
17th Nov – Bris­tol – Strange Brew
18th Nov – Man­ches­ter – Deaf Insti­tute
19th Nov – Brighton – Patterns

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