alt-J Premieres New Song “U&ME” on BBC Radio 1
- British alt-rock band alt-J, consisting of Joe Newman, Thomas Stuart Green and Augustus Unger-Hamilton, premiered a new song “U&ME” on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Clara Amfo.
The song is the first single off of their upcoming fourth studio album “The Dream”, which is set to be released on February 11, 2022.
The band guitar/lead vocals Joe Newman told Clara Amfo about the song, “True crime stories is definitely kind of a big influence on the lyrics, especially from this album. it was, that's the kind of more of a journey into one man, experiencing a day festival, and sort of, over the course of the song that devolving into this kind of madness, so there's a lot of losing control, but I think we're all familiar with that, in the last two years.”
He continued, “That was a song that really took us all by surprise because we got in contact with our front of house engineer, Lance, and he sometimes records our soundcheck jams, we asked him to send over the collection and he did and we found this one song that I think we found in Latin BB and it was completely forgotten by the entire band so to go against what I was saying earlier, to being the archivist with the librarian it seemingly came out of nowhere, and it was almost like someone else's song. And so we took it and it took about two days to write and it was this this guitar, it was just, it kind of imbued this sense of kind of sort of this fun loving 90s spirit.”
- The accompanying music video was directed by Prosper Unger-Hamilton.
Joe Newman said of the video, “We normally shy away from the camera, and I think this was an opportunity for us to embrace the camera and Gus came up with an idea which was, we go from not knowing how to skate to then becoming quite proficient skaters to then becoming professional skaters, and it was a lot of fun. We had Gus is probably directing, and it's like this 90s revival kind of scape may have sort of those skate videos from the 90s. And so there's a lot of that, but also some special effects, and we were typesetter ahead so that is.”
The band have also announced a North American headline tour for 2022, which will kick off in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 25.
He said, “We're gonna be touring and well, we're going to be touring America in March, and it doesn't seem like it's gonna happen, just because it's been such a long time since we've thought I would leave it when we get on the plane in a weird way, but I think that's regardless of the pandemic, I think that's something that we've always experienced, you forget what it's like to go on tour. And to go back on tour. But yeah, we're doing America and that's something that we're all very excited.”
- source : BBC Radio 1