Following the release of their new single earlier this month via SoundCloud, we're happy to share with you the visual accompnement to "Divine Violence", argubaly the band's most ambitious and dynamic track to date.
Speaking with DIY Magazine about the track - and it's releation to 2016's "I Am Not Your Fault" EP - frontperson Joey Ashworth says: "‘I Am Not Your Fault was about forgiveness and kindness towards those who hurt me but meant no wrong. Divine Violence is about the exact opposite. I now feel the need to move on and say “ok, I forgave everyone, now why aren’t I happy? What can I change about that?” I feel that what I am angry about is that in many situations I feel unsafe because of who I sleep with, or how I prefer to view my gender.
“The original idea for the lyrics on this track came as in the space of a week, the Pulse shooting happened and a friend and I were yelled at on the street for holding hands and dressing effeminately. I suddenly felt unsafe in London of all places, a city I love and have always felt was, to some extent, my own. Of course this was naive of me - mentioning this feeling to any of my friends who are people of colour has elicited a ‘oh, so you only just noticed?’ sort of reaction, which I entirely deserve.
“I didn’t feel like hiding though, and I didn’t feel like talking. I felt, to be honest, like I wanted to put some stranger in hospital for daring to look at me for too long. But that is, of course, not a great idea. So this song uses that anger. I like to think of it as a warning from the queer community to people who think we are weak. When I say I won’t stand for this shit any longer, it’s not self-absorption, it’s self-defence’.”
Catch itoldyouiwouldeatyou one of their many up-coming dates:
14/08 - London - The Waiting Rooms (Single release show)^
15/08 - Brighton - The Hope and Ruin^
16/08 - Cardiff - Buffalo Bar^
18/08 - ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol - Bixler Stage
24/08 - Canterbury - The Ballroom*^
26/08 - DengFest, Guildford - The Star Inn
^ w/ Orchards
* w/ Delta Sleep
10/09 - Always The Sun Festival, Guildford - Andertons Stage.
November (with The Winter Passing and Weatherstate)
04/11 - BRIDGEND - Hobo’s
05/11 - MANCHESTER - Soup Kitchen
06/11 - GLASGOW - King Tuts
08/11 - BIRMINGHAM - O2 Academy 3
09/11 - LONDON - The Old Blue Last