Dave Rowntree from Blur shared a dark video for the new single “Devil’s Island”


Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has shared a new video for his recent single “Devil’s Island”.

Last month, Rowntree shared the track along with details of his upcoming debut solo LP, “Radio Songs.”

Speaking about the video that Guy Gotto shot, he said: “I really wanted to work with Guy Gotto, who makes a great and interesting video art. He presented the song as a journey through a gloomy but beautiful landscape.

“We decided to shoot along the narrow gauge railway from Hythe to Dungeness, which runs through one of the most desolate but dazzling landscapes in the country. View of abandoned boats, lighthouses and drama. The drama reached its climax when we were kicked out of the estate for lack of permission. A gloomy end to a beautiful day.”

‘Radio Songs’ is set for release via Cooking Vinyl on January 23, 2023.

“The idea of Radio Songs is for me to turn the knob,” drummer Blur previously said about the recording. “It looks like you have a radio tuned to some kind of interference, and you spin the disc, and a song comes out of it. And then you turn the knob again, and the song dissolves into static again.”

Rowntree started working on solo material about four years ago, composing songs in his home studio for himself in between “day jobs” as a composer. “In my free time, I started writing songs, meeting other people and collaborating with them, coming up with ideas,” he previously told NME. “We did it with Blur, and I really missed that part of being a musician.

“I was just messing around, I had ideas and things, and then, of course, quarantine happened. I suddenly found that I have a lot of free time. I was talking to my producer friend Leo, and we were both locked in our studios, so we decided to work on these songs together.”

The Blur drummer will also play three major shows, including one at London’s Omeara in the coming weeks. Tickets are available here.

Fans who also pre-order Radio Songs through Rough Trade will have access to a special show on release day at their East London store. You can pre-order it here.

Meanwhile, Blur bandmate Graham Coxon said he was ready to try to put Oasis back together.


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