Fast-rising, crowd-pulling indie poets The Lathums are to harness their burgeoning popularity for the greater good, by releasing a specially recorded cover of Al Wilson’s Northern Soul classic, The Snake on 7” vinyl in a limited edition of – ONE COPY. Just a single copy of the one-sided release will ever exist, creating a ‘holy grail’ for fans who must buy a raffle ticket to support the community-driven fund to save Wigan Athletic Football Club to have a chance of owning it.
Having reached number 14 in the UK Album Chart in July after selling thousands of copies of their yellow 12” vinyl EP compilation, The Memories We Make, the ultra-limited cut of The Snake has been recorded and cut to vinyl to help Wigan Athletic Supporters Club to support the activities of the club’s Community Trust and pay for essential club outgoings after it went into administration.
The eventual owner of the solitary record will have the opportunity to hear it forever, but all other fans will have to make do with stolen moments leaked by the band on social media to support the fundraising push. A future release in any format has been ruled out by the band, making the vinyl a sought-after item for all vinyl collectors.
The Lathums’ singer and songwriter, Alex Moore, says: “My life isn’t football at all, but I understand how important for my hometown it is to have Wigan Athletic survive. It’s not the fan’s fault, nor that of staff who face a loss of wages or worse, that so many bad decisions are made about who owns and runs football clubs. Like music, football makes memories for generations of people, their lives intertwined by the game. Even non-football fans must know how important it is.”
To be in with a chance of winning the one-off copy of The Lathums’ The Snake visit https://shop.thelathums.com/ Raffle tickets cost £5 each per donation, with the draw being made on Mon 9 November 2020.
Funds raised will be split between the Save Wigan Athletic fundraising appeal and Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
Originally released in 1968, The Snake became a classic on the dancefloor of Wigan’s legendary Northern Soul club, Wigan Casino and was chosen by the band as being synonymous with their hometown. Each member has the track ringing in their ears as it was omnipresent at weddings, christenings and birthday parties for as long as they can remember.
Wigan Athletic Supporters Club’s fundraising drive has been initiated by fans from outside the club to pay for essential club costs while decisions are being made on its future ownership.
The emergence of the melodic indie band from Wigan with heart-quickening live intensity, near-spiritual positive energy and literary influences (Essential listening: Fight On – influenced by tales of the French Resistance) has thrilled The Lathums’ growing, all-ages fanbase. In an 18-month journey from playing bars to selling out their first headline tour in just one day, the breathless pace at which their popularity has escalated is now being captured in upbeat recording sessions for their debut album.
Delivering pure joy and tall tales, the four talented friends from the overlooked fringes of Greater Manchester saw the majority of tickets for their SOLD-OUT Spring Tour 2021 disappear in just one day, including landmark dates at Manchester’s O2 Ritz and London’s Electric Ballroom. Scotland and Ireland dates have also proved to be in high-demand.
All currently announced headline dates for 2021 are as follows:
•Thu 22 Apr Hull, Social – SOLD OUT
•Fri 23 Apr Manchester, O2 Ritz – SOLD OUT
•Sat 24 Apr Stoke, Sugarmill – SOLD OUT
•Thu 29 Apr Glasgow, Garage – SOLD OUT
•Fri 30 April Sheffield, University Foundry – SOLD OUT
•Sat 1 May Newcastle, Riverside – SOLD OUT
•Tue 4 May Nottingham, Rescue Rooms – SOLD OUT
•Wed 5 May Birmingham, O2 Institute 2 – SOLD OUT
•Fri 7 May Leicester, O2 Academy 2 – SOLD OUT
•Sat 8 May Leeds, Beckett Students Union – SOLD OUT
•Sun 9 May Cardiff, Globe – SOLD OUT
•Tue 11 May Oxford, O2 Academy 2 – SOLD OUT
•Wed 12 May London, Electric Ballroom – SOLD OUT
•Tue 1 June Edinburgh, Liquid Room – SOLD OUT
•Thu 3 June Dunfermline, PJ Molly’s – SOLD OUT
•Fri 4 June Dundee, Fat Sam’s
•Sat 5 June Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
•Tue 8 June Belfast, Limelight 2
•Thu 10 June Dublin, The Academy
•Fri 11 June Galway, The Róisín Dubh
•Sat 12 June Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse
The Lathums have also confirmed a run of rescheduled support dates in 2021, travelling around the UK and Europe with Blossoms and are proud to be invited guests on Paul Weller’s rearranged tour.
The band is made up of lead singer, Alex Moore, also playing rhythm guitar, Scott Concepcion, a Rickenbacker-toting multi-instrumentalist, Johnny Cunliffe on bass and Ryan Durrans behind the drums. Quoting influences such as The Housemartins and The Smiths, the band is spending the remainder of 2020 in the studio in Liverpool in the company of producers, James Skelly (The Coral) and Chris Taylor.
For future release news and updates about sought-after tickets for The Lathums’ live shows, connect with the band online at:
The Lathums Photo and Video (c) Sam Crowston