After the urgency of ‘Citizen’ and its funk noir follow-up ‘Losin’ It’ positioned Late TV as intrepid explorers of the darker side of the musical spectrum, their latest single ‘Great Gulfs’ adds pastel colours to their sonic palette. Taking cues from soft rock legend Ned Doheny, ‘Great Gulfs’ comes on like Bryan Ferry cruising down Ocean Drive. It’s a tale of unrequited love, explored through the metaphor that physical matter is comprised mostly of ‘great gulfs of nothing,’ a phrase which, consequently, singer Luke Novak lifted from a documentary show about physics, in keeping with the band’s love of the inspirational goldmine of our fragmented TV experience. Mixed by Jered Stuffco (Jex Opolis / Good Timin’) within the song’s louche crisp sax bars and wind-swept hooks lies a deep romantic nostalgia befitting its subject matter. This poignant nostalgia is explored visually in the fantastic accompanying DIY surf/skate archive footage shot by American marine biologist Brian Tissot. For Late TV, ‘Great Gulfs’ is a shining testament to their versatility and range as both players and songwriters. From the purity of their source material to the depth of their inspiration, there is no question that Late TV are one of the most refreshingly idiosyncratic and authentic acts around.
Amidst the cultural detritus of television’s after hours rises a freaky new street beat played by London’s Late TV. Culling influences from jazz cats and art rockers, B-movies and trash television, via Lynch and Tarantino, Late TV are the moonlighting house band for a surreal all-night dream club where the intangible dance floor shifts and folds to become the set piece of a talk show beamed onto the farthest reaches of your channel selector. Helmed by Luke J Novak, who hails from the slabbed post-industrial backwater of Kidderminster, Late TV originates from a folk noir group formed by Luke and Richard ‘The Showman’ Bowman, a drummer whose restless search for groove quickly outgrew their genre. Joined by Chicago’s jazz fusion obsessed Ryan Szanyi on bass, Parisian keyboard maestro Martin Coxall, tenor sax player Evesham Nicholas, and Liverpool’s Matthew Halsall on trumpet, their new outfit Late TV harks back to a time when music was all fearless fusion and intractable improvisation. 2018 has seen them take major steps forward. Kickstarted with the release of their brilliant ‘Citizen’ single, the group then appeared at Standon Calling Festival this summer alongside Goldfrapp and spiritual forefather Bryan Ferry. In the postmodern wastelands of pop they’re the high-brow/low-brow mutant junk dwellers, collecting the shards of our fragmented culture and building something both irresistibly dangerous and dangerously irresistible.