New album Sunny Hills released 9th June
20th April 2017
Last month, All We Are teased their return with the blistering ‘Burn It All Out’. It was the Liverpool-based trio’s first new music since their self-titled debut in 2015 and today, they share the news about their forthcoming second album and a video for the single ‘Human’.
Sunny Hills will be released on June 9th through Domino, produced by Kwes (Solange, Kano, Loyle Carner) it finds the band with a new sense of urgency and a new sound - one that takes in psychedelia, krautrock and post-punk. Watch the video for new single 'Human' now below.
Directed by Eoin Glaister, the video is part one of a trilogy about a small village having to face a developer building a motorway through the middle of it. At first, it causes issues between the residents but they begin to learn that by joining forces they stand a better chance against the developers. The video stars Thomas Gray as the motorway developer.
All We Are are Guro Gikling from Norway (vocals, bass), Luis Santos from Brazil (guitars) and Richard O’Flynn from Ireland (drums/vocals). It hasn’t escaped them that the world seems to be spiraling into a period of darkness and through their music; they want to say it’s ok not to belong and it’s ok to feel different.
The resulting Sunny Hills is an irresistibly danceable, dark yet uplifting record about what it means to be alive right now and the power of friendship and togetherness in a world intent on driving us apart.
The artwork echoes this sentiment, the band explain “it shows an old house sandwiched between two large buildings under development. The woman who owned the house refused to sell to a number of developers including Donald Trump. She resisted for years while the developers even bought the space above the house. She finally won the case and stayed there for a further decade until her death. Before that, she watched Donald Trump’s casino fail and close its doors. There is a feeling of powerful resistance in this story that we relate to along with a real sense of defiance and eventual victory against a bigger power.”
Whilst political, Sunny Hills also documents the emotional rollercoaster the three-piece have been on in the past two years. Their adopted city Liverpool affected the album as well, it’s “an immigrant city with a proud history of welcoming everyone” they state, it’s also a singularly radical and resistant city and the band see a parallel between today’s climate of alienation and fear and the era of Thatcher.
Political, poetic, danceable and affirming - for all the proud citizens of nowhere, All We Are give you Sunny Hills.
Known for their thrilling live shows, All We Are have announced a UK tour including London’s Moth Club and have been confirmed for Glastonbury Festival as well.
All We Are live dates
30th April – Festevol Gardens, Liverpool
20th May – Royal Circus, Brussels
26th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester
27th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol
28th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham
14th June – Moth Club, London
15th June – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
16th June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
17th June – Think Tank, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
18th June – Stereo, Glasgow
21st- 25th June - Glastonbury Festival, Somerset
13th – 16th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
31st Aug – 3rd Sept – End of the Road Festival, Dorset
1st-3rd September – Electric Picnic Festival, Co Laois, Ireland
Sunny Hills is available to pre order on special edition vinyl with a stencilled sleeve (available at Dom Mart and independent stores), vinyl, CD and digital. Additionally, initial copies of the special edition vinyl bought from Dom Mart will be signed.
1. Burn It All Out