Thea Gilmore has released the video for her new single ‘Sounds Good To Me’, filmed by the legendary music photographer Roger Sargent. It is the first single to be taken from her new studio album The Counterweight, which will be out on June 2nd through Cooking Vinyl. You can pre-order the album here.
“I like to think of it as a bit of an anarchist’s polka…” says Thea of the single. “Calling the dispossessed, the downtrodden, the weary to arms. Lighting a fire… remembering there’s more than one way to live and who wants to walk when you can dance!”
The Counterweight is Thea’s first studio album for four years and is a forthright and uncompromising return, following 2015’s career compilation ‘Ghosts & Graffiti’. The album is bursting with passion and echoes the rapid change in our social and political landscape that 2016 brought with it.
When finishing the album in September, Thea was forced to look back at the spring and summer recording period and the tumultuous times that happened during it, including working on ‘Reconcile’ as Britain voted to leave the EU, and recording ‘Johnny Gets A Gun’ on June 16th, just a few days after the Orlando nightclub shooting.
That day was also, most harrowingly of all, the day the MP Jo Cox was murdered in cold blood and as Thea reflected on these terrible events, they became the inspiration for the final track ‘The War’.
“I’d finished the album pretty much. All the shit that had gone down in 2016, the world changing moments… everything had shifted and this song fell out of me on one of the last mix days. The first and last verses directly reference Jo Cox and in between. I like to think it shines a light on these dark days, but also offers hope.”
The track is also possibly the mission statement of the album, going to war on the negativity and bleakness of the current world mesmerized by fake news and futility.
The Counterweight tries to be exactly that. A redressing of the balance, a tool of pressure, an exertion of opposite force and as such, a flag of hope.
Thea Gilmore will also be heading out on a UK headline tour starting at the end of May.
UK Tour Dates
Tues 30th May – Sage, Gateshead
Thurs 1st June – Union Chapel, London
Fri 2nd June – Revelation, Ashford
Sun 4th June – RNCM Theatre, Manchester
Mon 5th June – The Stables, Milton Keynes
Tue 6th June – MAC, Birmingham
Wed 7th June – Junction 2, Cambridge
Sun 11th June – Contemporary, Nottingham
Tue 13th June – Arts Centre, Pocklington