Any W H Lung news is cause for celebration here at Gourmet Gigs. And there’s plenty to get stuck into here with the band’s new track, video and some UK appearances too – although we might have to draw a line at a flight to the States for their upcoming US tour.
The new track is called High Pressure Days, out on Melodic, and we’d recommend two listens. The first time in order to get lost in the cleverly constructed video, and the second to concentrate on the song. Front man Joseph Evans plays the harassed business man in a delightfully ’90s office set-up complete with Filofax and ashtray, and dressed in a big suit, David Byrne style. His rage and frustration recall that of Michael Douglas, lashing out at society in Falling Down (back in 1993). And the start, as Jo bounces off fellow pedestrians on his way to the office, a gentle nod to The Verve’s 1997 video.
Of the concept, Jo Evans and director Craig Mclaughlin say: ”The video follows the cyclical white-collar nightmare of Mr. Everyman-office-worker, as he navigates through high pressure days. His life is as stressful as it is banal until an ethereal figure on his computer screen offers him a chance for psychedelic salvation.”
Originally released in 1979 by San Francisco synth-punk The Units, High Pressure Days is a satisfying homage that fits well in the band’s output. It’s got W H Lung’s classic synth heavy, bass-driven sound, with the vocals of Joseph Evans and Hannah Peace.
W H Lung have just announced their first U.S tour and a special one-off fundraiser gig in Salford’s Islington Mill on 14th September. And their third full-length LP is soon to follow.
26th August – Krankenhaus Festival, Cumbria
8th September – Down at the Abbey Festival, Reading
14th September – Partisan Fundraiser w/ The Orielles, Dee Rae, Adjustments
Tickets here for Fundraiser
23rd September – Float Along, Sheffield
USA Tour 2023
28th September – New York, Le Poisson Rouge
29th September – Philadelphia, Milkboy
3rd October – Detroit, Lager House
4th October – Chicago, Empty Bottle
5th October – Milwaukee, Cactus Club
8th October – Seattle, Barboza
9th October – San Fransisco, Rickshaw Stop
12th October – Los Angeles, The Echo