NOTTINGHAM’S finest, Tindersticks, are all set to release a new album in 2021 on City Slang, their home for most of the past decade; and they’ve dropped their first single, paying homage to one of the lost greats of Eighties’ British post-punk and indie – Dan Treacy, and the Television Personalities.
They’ve decided to take on “You’ll Have To Scream Louder”, from 1984’s The Painted Word, and refashion it in their own image: they take the raw-edged anger of the original and bring a little soothing acoustic bossa to soften it, while losing none of that lyrical seethe. Have a listen for yourself.
It’s a taster for the new album, Distractions; keep ’em peeled for further announcements once the calendar turns.
Stuart says: “Late May, early June, 2020, was a twitchy and angry time for many of us.
“There was a growing agitation inside of me. I woke on a Saturday morning with no plans but just this fucking Television Personalities song going round in my head, it pushed me into the studio.
“Four or five hours later I had made the basis of this recording, though I had to wait for windows of opportunity within our confinement to work with the band to bring it to a conclusion.
“I have loved the TVPs since buying the Bill Grundy EP with its photocopied sleeve on one of my regular after-school bus trips to the Virgin record shop in a basement on King Street, Nottingham.
“Some years later, 1984, I was living around the corner on the 17th floor of Victoria Centre flats. They swayed in the wind. I was working a few days at a local record shop and The Painted Word was released. It became at the soundtrack to that semi-slum, those times. I was 19.
“To be young in the early 1980s; there was much to be angry about, battles to be fought – Thatcher, racial and gender injustice – and, one of the motivations for this song, nuclear disarmament.
“Although we may not have thought those battles were ever won, we believed we had helped push things in a different direction, that changes were made.
“In the spring of 2020, we were shown painfully that these battles are ongoing.”