Clean Cut Kid have unveiled the video for their new single ‘Emily’ taken from the upcoming new EP ‘Painkiller’ out on the 22nd October.
You can watch the video, made by up-and-coming director Jonjo who has previously worked with Westerman on his video for ‘Confirmation’, here:
Written, recorded and engineered entirely by the band, ‘Emily’ finds Clean Cut Kid deviating from their indie-pop sound of first album ‘Felt’ released last year – in to a more lo-fi, American East Coast sound, complete with 70s-inspired, fuzz guitar lines, harmonic backing vocals, a stand-alone verse from Evelyn Halls (keys) and thudding drums, with echoes of Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and Phoebe Bridgers.
Mike Halls (lead singer/guitarist) was adamant that these new songs would be more personal to Clean Cut Kid, both in the themes they cover, but also to the band as a whole. Explaining this, Mike says: “I want to write about things in my life, what we’re feeling, whether they be sad or joyous. ‘Emily’ is about someone very close to us who was suffering from a severe bout of depression. It’s us reaching out and saying, we know you’re unwell here and not just sad. The ultimate thing is to take the deepest emotions and work it in to a message that isn’t miserable.”
The band will also embark on an intimate headline tour of the UK in November, including a sold out show at London’s Omeara venue. The tour will call at the following venues:
Thursday 22nd November – Glasgow Stereo
Friday 23rd November – Leeds The Wardrobe
Sunday 25th November – Nottingham The Bodega
Monday 26th November – Birmingham The Hare and Hounds
Tuesday 27th November – Bristol Exchange
Wednesday 28th November – London Omeara **SOLD OUT
Friday 30th November – Liverpool Arts Club