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  • The Subways Announces New Album “Uncertain Joys”, Shares New Song “Love Waiting On You”

  • British alt-rock band The Subways, consisting of Billy Lunn (vocals/guitar), Charlotte Cooper (vocals/bass/keyboards) and Camille Phillips (drums), announced their fifth studio album “Uncertain Joys” would be released on January 13, 2023.
    It is their first album in eight years since the 2015 self-titled album.
    The album was recorded and produced by Billy Lunn.
    From the album, the band unveiled the second single called “Love Waiting On You”, following “You Kill My Cool” on July 19, 2022.
    The track was written by Billy Lunn, Charlotte Cooper, Josh Morgan and Adrian Bushby.
    Billy Lunn said of the song, “Love Waiting On You is about the tension between desperately wanting to be with the one you desire and yet also relishing the suspense in being kept from them. From the confines of my bed on tour (or in my rooms at uni), I would yearn for the love of my life, waiting for her messages to ping on my phone, hoping to hear her voice at the end of the line, desperate to feel her touch. Caught in those moments, there was a joyful pain that made seeing her again unimaginably beautiful. Still, there was something wild and ecstatic about missing her so much.”
  • The accompanying music video was directed by Neil Whitman.
    Neil Whitman said of the video, “I was approached to create an animated video to compliment this track. The song’s lyrics describe pining for the love of one's life, however the relationship is fraught with tension so I envisaged telling the story through the simplicity of an old 80s/90s arcade video game. Our protagonist is trapped in his virtual cell waiting for the female heroine (the princess) to come to his rescue. Each time they almost reconnect she is whisked away to another level and so it continues. This explores the notion of whether they should be together or be better off apart. I had great fun designing the band members as 8-bit characters as well as designing the princess and various levels for our heroes to venture through. Setting the game in mediaeval times helped me to subvert the usual tired traditions of the prince rescuing the princess and play around with audience expectations.”

    Billy Lunn added, “When the director, Neil Whitman, initially presented us with the conceit of the video as an 8-bit platform-style video game, our drummer Camille cleverly proposed that, given how the song is so obviously about yearning, why not instead have the rescuer and rescued gender roles reversed to change things up. Running with this, I saw myself as the Princess Peach character, with the love of my life (about whom the song is written) being my rescuer, fighting through the various obstacles and antagonists along the way. The sense of isolation, helplessness, and vulnerability within the song now made all the more sense to me. However, whilst it's not always correct to assume that one person should come to the rescue of another in a relationship, my belief in the hopelessly romantic/pathetic notion that lifelong soul mates do in fact exist is woven into the very fabric of my being. And so, when at the end of the video my rescuer realises that it is only the will to love that is required to come to my aid, as opposed to having to fight through strife, battles, and failures, I knew that Neil understood the depth of my belief in this notion.”

  • Photo by Laura Lewis
    Background photo by Lisa Voigt
  • source : Apple Music
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