Celebrated Bristol-based quartet The Ramona Flowers release their new single “California” – via Distiller Records – listen here. Marking the band’s first official release of the year, “California” is another up-tempo anthem, set to be the sound of summer.
Lead vocalist Steve Bird says “California is a song about self-development, making a positive change to be a better version of you, for yourself and others. It’s about making a family and being an eternal optimist in the face of adversity”. On a deeper level Steve continues “This song is also about the very real worry of conceiving a child and the impact of that as a man if you can’t deliver that for the person you love”.
“California” will be supported with an incredible Oliver Nelson Remix – out in June – plus an acoustic version, lyric and performance videos and more remixes. “California” is also the soundbed for the “Get Festival Ready” Influencer Campaign. This started with Coachella and will run for two weeks with over 10 million impressions.
After support slots with Bastille, Stereophonics and U2 – plus a sell-out show at OSLO last autumn – the band have just been confirmed to support Dirty Pretty Things at The Electric Ballroom on May 26th. In Europe, the band will perform in Geneva at the One FM Star Night on May 20th and join Muse, Placebo, Red Hot Chili Peppers and NAS at the Firenza Rocks Festival on June 17th/18th. Look out for more festival slots to be announced shortly too.
The band’s previous single “Up All night” – which featured Nile Rodgers – has just become their biggest streaming song ever. Their combined streams have now passed the ONE MILLION mark.
The Ramona Flowers – Steve Bird (vocals), Sam Dyson (guitar), Dave Betts (keyboards, guitar) and Ed Gallimore (drums) – have hit on a rich new seam of creativity meaning that, for a band maturing into its fourth album, The Ramona Flowers sound a lot like a group just about to release its debut. From these upcoming songs a story emerges: of four men resisting, accepting then finally celebrating adulthood. “This is the best chance we’ve ever had,” drummer Ed Gallimore states. “And we’re making the best music we’ve ever made.” “We’re hungry,” Steve states. “This band is still why I get up every day, what I think about every day. I live and breathe it every day and I refuse to go through the motions.” The new music’s a celebration of sorts, he adds. “A celebration of still existing, still being alive, still making music and still having something to say.”
It’s a hugely exciting time for The Ramona Flowers who are poised with a new stadium-ready sound and uncompromising self-assurance to match. “California” will be THE song of your summer and The Ramona Flowers the sound of YOUR year!