The Calls / I Should’ve Known Video / Fall Inside Again EP / 20 November 2020
I SHOULD’VE KNOWN VIDEO
FALL INSIDE AGAIN EP // 20 November 2020
“With the world gently teetering on the edge of a nightmare once again, we can find solace in discovering the gems that have been on our doorsteps the whole time. In our case, in Leeds, that’s The Calls – the Libertines meets the Stone Roses meets sweeping, postmodern soundscapes …” The Phonograph
“I Just Thought I’d Say feels very much of the zeitgeist. It’s a melancholic meditation on the anger inherent in the world, being forever stoked to the point that reasonable discourse is drowned out. It’s a demand for a voice, hoping upon hope that it isn’t drowned out by the cacophony …” York Calling
Leeds trio THE CALLS have announced the video for I SHOULD’VE KNOWN, taken from their forthcoming FALL INSIDE AGAIN EP to be released on 20 November on Atomic Records. The five-track EP combines their three most recent singles, A Change Is Gonna Come Around Here, Fall Inside and I Just Thought I’d Say, with two previously unreleased songs, Tell Me Why and, of course, I Should’ve Known. The EP will be available on CD via Bandcamp and through all digital platforms including Spotify, Apple and Tidal.
Talking about I Should’ve Known, vocalist and songwriter Tom Fuller says:
“This was a bit of an experiment for us. I can’t remember exactly how it all came together, but I remember the verses and choruses being separate ideas that we jammed around with and eventually put together. We were deliberately trying to make it sound hazy with a psychedelic, shoegazey vibe and, lyrically, I went with the old William S Burroughs cut-up writing technique, put a bunch of random lines together then worked on it and made it fit. It’s a technique I’ve used quite a bit since then, but that was the first time I tried it. The video echoes this because Will found some archive video footage and put it all together in a similar way. All the constituent parts are unrelated but there is some kind of thematic connection underpinning everything. As a result, I think the song as a whole has a kind of ‘meaningful but meaningless’ thing going on which, as a concept, is about as psychedelic as you can get. The fact that we got there by accident really adds to the appeal for me.”
Emerging from the thriving metropolis of Leeds, THE CALLS remain a proudly defiant DIY band who write, rehearse and record their music in a converted barn and travel in an old window cleaner’s van. The trio are driven by the unconventional songwriting of Tom Fuller, who puts an introspective slant on social observations through cryptic wordplay and metaphor, with lyrics often dystopian in their outlook, often reflective and always deeply personal; lead guitarist Will Johnson, a film maker and visual artist whose unrestrained and highly unusual sound is due to the fact that, remarkably, he had never picked up a guitar before joining the band; and bassist Marcell Haslewood, a lifeguard finding his way via a combination of ambience and dub and a unique approach to playing that invariably subverts expectations. This versatile, chameleon-like sound is one of the band’s biggest strengths, moving through dark, psychedelic dub-rock to soaring rhythms to bold and inventive percussion.