WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR PREMIERE TEND TO THE THORNS VIDEO WITH FOLK RADIO
ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY AT THE SOCIAL, LONDON
DEBUT ALBUM ‘PROUD DISTURBER OF THE PEACE’ VIA LOOSE ON 4 AUGUST 2017
NOVEMBER UK TOUR WITH DATES INCLUDING THE MOTH CLUB
William The Conqueror premiered a new video for their single ‘Tend To The Thorns’ via FOLKRADIO before they release their debut ‘Proud Disturber Of The Peace’ on 4 August via Loose. Watch the video here and check out the feature here.
Ruarri Joseph stated that the video, “tries to strike at the contrast between the innocence of youth, simple wide open spaces and imagination vs. the inevitable claustrophobia of what happens as you grow up, getting boxed in and the clarity muddied. Would it be believed if I said the kid is actual 8mm footage of me as a kid? ”
They will celebrate the release of their record with an album launch party at The Social, London on 2 August.
For more information and to pre-order please visit http://smarturl.it/wtc-social
The trio have recently become an industry buzz band, getting snapped up by promoters Metropolis/Live Nation, after they were championed by influential media including Metro/Killing Moon, The 405, One Stop Record Shop and The Guardian who described their music as “stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge”. In November they will tour the UK with recently announced shows including:
14 Nov – LONDON Moth Club http://smarturl.it/wtc-ldn
16 Nov – BRIGHTON Green Door Store http://smarturl.it/wtc-brighton
19 Nov – SHEFFIELD Greystones http://smarturl.it/wtc-sheffield
20 Nov – MANCHESTER Castle Hotel http://smarturl.it/wtc-mcr
21 Nov – BRISTOL Louisiana http://smarturl.it/wtc-bristol
22 Nov – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach http://smarturl.it/wtc-cardiff
Notes to editors:
William The Conqueror features Ruarri Joseph, a former folk singer-songwriter who walked away from a major record label deal with Atlantic Records to explore the music he wanted to make – which took an rock direction after he felt boxed in by Atlantic’s vision for his music. Joseph stated, “I think Atlantic wanted to box me in as something I wasn’t but I didn’t know what I was either so it made sense to leave and just get out on the road, see if I could figure it out. I spent a lot of time on the folk circuit just by virtue of the fact I had a beard and an acoustic guitar, it paid the bills but again didn’t feel like I was following my creative instincts as opposed to trying to get by. I reached a point where I thought my younger self that had cut his teeth in punk and rock bands would’ve been disappointed in what I’d become so William started as a way to pay homage to that youth that got side lined when life got in the way.”
Joseph recently appeared in Laura Barton’s Notes from a Musical Island, BBC Radio 4 Documentary this week, discussing the balance he maintains between the demands of touring and the allure of the Cornish surf off Newquay and the woods and hills of his childhood home. Listen again here.
Hailing from the North coast of Cornwall, the band also features multi-instrumentalists Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes – their debut album charges through ten raw tracks, asserting itself with opener In My Dreams, a song about destiny, disappointment and defiance; driving drums and heart racing bass setting the tone. Other standouts include the confessional and timeless Pedestals, the mysteriously triumphant Cold Ontario and epic future single Tend To The Thorns with its earworm guitar hooks, blistering drums and ethereal harmonies.
Sculpted off the radar with no-one to answer to but themselves the band ended up recording the album in Joseph’s garage (literally disturbing the peace) after plans to record it on the Isle of Lewis were hampered by a hurricane killing the power. Undeterred and embracing the ethos of roots based producers such as Ethan Johns and Ryan Hewitt and with input from Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, they were adamant they wanted to keep the edges loose, opting for single live takes and avoiding excessive overdubs, focusing on the vibe. The results sing with the confident energy of a band comfortable in their own skin, striking a vein of creativity and running with it.
The band are playing several other live dates including support dates with Danny & The Champions Of The World. Details below.
‘Proud Disturber Of The Peace’ track list:
1. In My Dreams
2. Tend To The Thorns
3. Did You Wrong
5. Sunny Is The Style
6. The Many Faces Of A Good Truth
7. Proud Disturber Of The Peace
8. Cold Ontario
9. Mind Keeps Changing
William The Conqueror Tour Dates:
JULY 01 – EDEN SESSIONS (with Van Morrison).
08 – ST AGNES Exit Kernow Festival
28 – PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL
29 – BUDE Leopalooza
30 – CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
AUG 02 – LONDON The Social
06 – BRISTOL Valley Fest
13 – NEWQUAY Boardmasters
Supporting Danny & The Champions Of The World :
SEP 12 – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
13 – NOTTINGHAM The Maze
14 – SHEFFIELD Plug
15 – MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
16 – GATESHEAD Caedmon Hall
18 – BRISTOL Lantern
19 – CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
20 – LONDON Scala
21 – CARDIFF Globe
22 – OXFORD Bullingdon
23 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum
NOV 14 – LONDON Moth Club http://smarturl.it/wtc-ldn
16 – BRIGHTON Green Door Store http://smarturl.it/wtc-brighton
19 – SHEFFIELD Greystones http://smarturl.it/wtc-sheffield
20 – MANCHESTER Castle Hotel http://smarturl.it/wtc-mcr
21 – BRISTOL Louisiana http://smarturl.it/wtc-bristol
22 – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach http://smarturl.it/wtc-cardiff