“Featuring an earworm of a riff, the track sees the band draw from more rudimentary rock influences and is completed by some squeaky-clean production, taking the group in the stadium rock direction that they’ve always teased, even on 2005’s Young for Eternity.”- Far Out Magazine
“bubbly, youthful guitar-pop”- Stereoboard
Hertfordshire, UK indie punk favourites THE SUBWAYS are pleased to reveal the 8-bit animated video for their latest single ‘Love Waiting On You’ which is out now via Alcopop! Records/Bodan Kuma.
The track is the latest to be taken from their forthcoming fifth studio album ‘Uncertain Joys,’ set for release on January 13th, 2023. The album is available to preorder now from: https://linktr.ee/thesubways.
Alongside the video, the band have also revealed brand new B side ‘Sign of Scorpio’ which is also out now on all good streaming platforms.
The band’s previously announced UK album tour dates have been rescheduled to January/February 2023 and are on sale now, and they will also be appearing at Southsea Victorious, Godiva Festival and Looe Live amongst others (see below for full listings).
Commenting on the gender-role-reversing video directed by animator Neil Whitman, front man Billy Lunn says: “When Neil initially presented us with the concept of the video as an 8-bit platform-style video game, our drummer Camille cleverly proposed that, given how the song is so obviously about yearning, why not instead have the rescuer and rescued gender roles reversed to change things up.”
“I saw myself as the Princess Peach character, with the love of my life (about whom the song is written) being my rescuer, fighting through the various obstacles and antagonists along the way. The sense of isolation, helplessness, and vulnerability within the song now made all the more sense to me.”
“Whilst it’s not always correct to assume that one person should come to the rescue of another in a relationship, my belief in the hopelessly romantic/pathetic notion that lifelong soul mates do in fact exist is woven into the very fabric of my being. And so, when at the end of the video my rescuer realises that it is only the will to love that is required to come to my aid, as opposed to having to fight through strife, battles, and failures, I knew that Neil understood the depth of my belief in this notion.”
“Our protagonist is trapped in his virtual cell waiting for the female heroine (the princess) to come to his rescue,” adds director/animator Neil Whitman. “I had great fun designing the band members as 8-bit characters as well as designing the princess and various levels for our heroes to venture through. Setting the game in mediaeval times helped me to subvert the usual tired traditions of the prince rescuing the princess and play around with audience expectations.”
Forthcoming new album ‘Uncertain Joys’ was recorded and produced by front man and producer in his own right Billy Lunn, mixed by the Grammy Award-winning Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters, Everything Everything), and mastered by Katie Tavini (Mykki Blanco, Arlo Parks, Nadine Shah).
Photo: Laura Lewis
‘Uncertain Joys’ tracklist:
You Kill My Cool
Love Waiting On You
Influencer Killed The Rock Star
The Devil and Me
August 18th – GAMPEL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL (CH)
August 20th – CZECH REPUBLIC BRNO TRUTNOFF OPEN AIR FESTIVAL (CZ)
August 27th – SOUTHSEA VICTORIOUS FESTIVAL (UK)
September 3rd – Coventry – GODIVA FESTIVAL (UK)
September 18th – Cornwall – LOOE LIVE (UK)
Rescheduled Jan/Feb 2023 UK Headline Tour Dates:
Jan 26th – Manchester Gorilla
Jan 27th – Stoke Sugarmill
Jan 28th Sunderland Independent
Jan 29th Glasgow King Tuts
Feb 1st – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Feb 2nd – London Scala
Feb 3rd – Brighton Chalk
Feb 4th – Cambridge Mash
The Subways are:
Billy Lunn – guitar and vocals
Charlotte Cooper – bass and vocals
Camille Phillips – drums
Formed in 2002, by now The Subways should need no introduction. Nearly 20 years into their career the band have had multiple chart-worthy album releases including Young For Eternity (2005), All Or Nothing (2008), Money And Celebrity (2011), and The Subways (2015), spawning a slew of hit singles including ‘Rock & Roll Queen’, ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Girls & Boys’ and ‘We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time’.
They have toured with AC/DC, Foo Fighters, and Oasis, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and graced the festival main-stages of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Lollapalooza, Download, Soundwave, Hurricane & Southside, Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring and many more.
The band have worked with Nirvana and Garbage super-producer Butch Vig, as well as Blur and The Smith’s mastermind Stephen Street, and the band have appeared in several major films and videogames including Guy Ritchie’s Rock’N’Rolla, American smash-hit TV drama The OC, and Colin McCrae: DiRT 2, Saint’s Row 2, Fifa Street 2, Forza Horizon.
The first track to be taken from their recently-completed forthcoming new album, ‘Fight’ was The Subways’ first release without long-time drummer and founding member Josh Morgan, who announced his departure from the band in October 2020, shortly after studio sessions were completed.
Produced by Lunn and mixed by Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse, New Order), ‘Fight’ is a precursor to the sonic texture of the new album, without giving too much away too early. In the advent of COVID, Lunn is producing and mixing bands in his Welwyn Garden City-based recording studio (with social-distancing measures in place) until touring resumes.
‘Fight’ picked up a triumphant wave of support, with NME, CLASH Magazine, Steve Lamacq at BBC 6music, Gay Times, Broadway World, and more all championing the band’s long-awaited return, and demonstrating a renewed appetite for the band’s forthcoming fifth studio effort.
The Subways’ hit single ‘Rock & Roll Queen’ also recently appeared in Ladbrokes’ European Championship TV advert, partnering with #WeMakeEvents to light up music venues in red and lend support to the live entertainment industry. The advert features hundreds of skilled and experienced drummers performing as a player prepares to take a penalty.
The Subways revealed the video for forthcoming 2023 album Uncertain Joys’ lead single ‘You Kill My Cool’ earlier this spring, following a premiere with FLOOD Magazine. Alongside the track, the band also released single B-side ‘Oi You Boy Bands’ which is out now on all good digital service providers—a rallying feminist cry against all things pale, male and stale that features lead vocals from bassist Charlotte Cooper and new drummer/permanent member Camille Phillips (The Ramonas).
‘You Kill My Cool’ and ‘Love Waiting On You’ are the latest shots of new material from the band following their previous Black Lives Matter-inspired standalone single ‘Fight’ in 2021, collaborating with rising stars Nova Twins and Tokky Horror for exclusive remixes and B-sides.
The band closed out last year on their Young For Eternity Tour dates with ART BRUT, as well as playing a handful of intimate headline gigs, and most recently stormed through the EU in May 2022 for a string of Germany and Netherlands headline dates.