TV Priest will release ‘Uppers,’ their full-length debut on CD/LP/CS/DSPs worldwide on February 5th, 2021 via Sub Pop. Now, they’ve shared the new single and official video for Press Gang helmed by returning director Joe Wheatley.
Press Gang is inspired by Charlie’s grandfather’s life’s work as a photojournalist and war correspondent on Fleet Street from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The song is about the shifting role in the dissemination of information and ideas, and how the prevailing narrative that the “Death of Print Media” has contributed to a “post-truth” world. Watch the Press Gang video via YouTube below.
Late last year, TV Priest announced their signing to Sub Pop – after only one live show as a band – with the release of Decoration, the beating heart of ‘Uppers’.
The FADER says of the Decoration video, “Gnarly British post-punk band TV Priest blows a breeze through life’s trinkets and accoutrements on Decoration, the beating heart of their forthcoming Sub Pop debut ‘Uppers’. Among the items frontman Charlie Drinkwater rails against over a jagged groove are feature walls, smashed avocado, junk food, and “the TV adaptation of the latest book craze (see premiere October 28th).”
The band have been championed by 6 Music, with playlisting for Runner Up and in the US Decoration spent two weeks at #1 on the commercial alternative specialty charts with airplay from the likes of Sirius XMU, The Current, 91X, KEXP (+ ”Song of the Day”), KROX, Indie 102.3, WEQX, WPYA, KFRR, KJEE, KRXP, KRCL, and more.
Decoration and pre-release singles lifted from ‘Uppers’ This Island and Slideshow along with standalone tracks House of York and Runner Up, won the band raves from the likes of NME, The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, PASTE, DORK, The Line of Best Fit, Beats Per Minute, So Young, and more.
‘Uppers’ track listing
1. The Big Curve
2. Press Gang
3. Leg Room
4. Journal of a Plague Year
5. History Week
8. Fathers and Sons
9. the ref
10. Powers of Ten
11. This Island
‘Uppers’ is now available to preorder in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers.
The band have rescheduled February’s first London headliner and only the band’s second ever show – socially distanced at Oslo – for April 10th. The show was already sold out but the band will perform two shows across the evening, with the second now announced for 6pm. Details and tickets available here: