Mercury Award-winning Edinburgh hip hop outfit Young Fathers have announced tour dates across the UK in March, May and June 2015 - though tellingly, the closest they'll get to their home town is a gig at Glasgow's Art School on Wed May 20. The trio have previously blasted local authorities in Edinburgh for pursuing noise-reduction policies that harm creative endeavours - following their Mercury Prize win, the group's Graham 'G' Hastings told the Guardian:
'Edinburgh council are really fucking bad. They shut down anything if you try to make noise. I’ve been in studios where these guys come with meters and tell you to get out. It’s a city for tourists and rich, middle-class people, it’s not made for people to be creative.'
The 2015 UK dates will follow recording sessions in Berlin, where YF will be working on their follow-up to 'Dead'. They've revealed a new single on Soundcloud entitled 'Soon Come Soon' (which you can listen to above), which they say will not be part of the next album. Here's the background info that came with it:
Every death is an apocalypse for someone. But did you ever hear an ending so sweet?
Here's a little death for you, sneezed on to a virtual seven inches, an exhaled ecstasy all the way from California. Sex and death and California.
Here's the story: In a corporate, brown brick Los Angeles building, low and flat, under the dirty blue of the western precipice, amongst the death trade military complex and the Hollywood propaganda machine, a song is born. It's a boy! An apocalyptic boy, looking just like his mother.
Young Fathers had got together for a wild night in a studio ran by a man called Daddy Kev. Under the influence of surf, skunk and earthquakes they got choral, and so the end of the world became a pop song.
Soon Come Soon lives on its own, it's not part of an album: this is a singular single. DEAD is not dead and this is a reminder....
A reminder that the magic bullet is gonna get ya sometime, somehow..
It won't be long. It will soon come soon.
Tickets for the Young Fathers 2015 UK tour dates will go on sale from Mon Dec 15 - full tour dates are as follows:
March 13, Skelmersdale Library, Skelmersdale
March 14, Rochdale Library, Rochdale
May 20, Glasgow Art School, Glasgow
May 21, Riverside Club, Newcastle
May 22, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
May 23, Knockengorroch Galloway
May 25, Gorilla, Manchester
May 26, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
May 27, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
May 28, Koko, London
May 29, The Haunt, Brighton
May 31, Engine Rooms, Southampton
June 1, Guildhall, Gloucester
June 2, Academy 2, Oxford
June 3, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
June 4, Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent
June 5, Arts Centre, Norwich
June 6, 02 Academy 2, Sheffield
June 7, Kazimier, Liverpool