ALT-J

  • Date: Thu 12th May 2022
  • Doors Open: 6:30 pm
  • Supported By: Wilderado
  • On Sale: Tickets Open
  • Price: £32.00

Today, Mercury Prize-winning, chart-topping band alt-J have released their new track “The Actor”, the final song to be released in advance of their forthcoming album The Dream which is set for release this Friday via Infectious Music/BMG. The Dream has already received praise from NME, iPaper, Rolling Stone UK and The Guardian Saturday Culture.

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“The Actor” is an anthemic cautionary tale: the story of a bit-part actor in Hollywood, making a living in any way he can. It’s a track that highlights Joe Newman’s growing lyrical prowess throughout The Dream and the band’s expansive sonic ambitions on their fourth album. 80s leaning synths are paired with a sweeping chorus, which features family members of the band on backing vocals. It’s a richly inviting narrative anchored by alt-J’s signature sound.

Describing the inspiration behind “The Actor”, the band say: “Hollywood, 1982. Another hopeful young movie star arrives in search of The Dream. What follows is a tale of desperation, drugs and death in LA’s most famous hotel. It’s ‘The Actor’.”

“The Actor” follows “Hard Drive Gold”, which is riding high on the A-List at BBC 6 Music, and stirring album centre-piece,“Get Better”. The Dream was announced in 2021 alongside the release of “U&ME”, an inspired snapshot of the band’s experiences at summer festivals in Australia.

In recent news, the band have announced a run of intimate shows in association with Independent Record Stores throughout May. Alongside this, the band have added a third date at the O2 Brixton Academy which is part of a vast world tour set to take place following the release The Dream. For the full routing announced to date, please visit: https://www.altjband.com/#tour .

About Alt-J

alt-J are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium. Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Sonny Green have released three studio albums that, between them, have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed over two and a half billion times. Their 2012 Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut An Awesome Wave, was followed two years later by their number one, GRAMMY and BRIT Award-nominated album This Is All Yours. Released in 2017, RELAXER flew straight into the top 10 of the UK album chart ahead of a summer of major international shows – including a headline show at London’s O2 Arena and headline performances at numerous festivals – and became their second album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.

The Dream will be available on CD and 180g vinyl as well as various limited colour vinyl formats. There will also be a limited edition hardback book CD that reproduces the notebook Joe Newman used to write The Dream featuring his original handwritten lyrics and drawings. The official artist store includes merchandise bundles with signed print and exclusive cassette and vinyl formats.

 

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