Tall Ships have just released ‘Gallop’, the second single from their debut album ‘Everything Touching’, due for release on October 8th through Big Scary Monsters/Blood and Biscuits. Recorded with producer Jamie Field (Tubelord, Tangled Hair) in Bovey Tracey, Devon and mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless (Battles, LCD Soundsystem, Bon Iver). Latest single ‘Gallop’ marks a progression for the band’s sound, adding almost Morrisey-esque vocals to a typically catchy, building soundtrack forged together by loop pedals and a pounding drum beat.
Earlier in the year, the band released ‘T=0’, on 7” complete with beautiful handcrafted marbled ink sleeves designed by the band’s visual artist Harriet Bridgewater and was backed up by b-sides which include a 65daysofstatic remix of the track and tracks from live sessions in New York. To support the release, Tall Ships toured the UK and Europe in support of Los Campesinos!, Dry the River and Maps&Atlases. They have also just begun a very busy festival schedule, inviting mass singalongs at 2000trees and Latitude as well as performing to packed rooms at Camden Crawl, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape (for which they were one of the Guardian’s bands to see), which saw 2 nights of queues around the block, more mass singalongs and fire alarms being set off.
Tall Ships had an amazing 2011. In October they had an incredible week in New York, performing at the CMJ Music Marathon showcasing their mesmerising live set to a host of excitable new fans. It wrapped up a busy festival season which saw them pack out tents and wow crowds at Bestival, Hop Farm, 2000 Trees, The Great Escape (one of NME’s Top 20 Bands You Must See), Live At Leeds, Tramlines and numerous others, and also managed to squeeze in a week of playing shows in Brazil. They also released their first 7" single ‘Hit The Floor’ which instantly sold out. The band closed 2011 with a sold out headline show at the Lexington in November.
Tall Ships, originally from Falmouth but now living in Brighton, have been garnering attention across the blogosphere, printed press and radio with their complex, layered and beautiful soundscapes and intelligent songwriting to create music that still manages to have the potential for mass appeal.
Elements of math rock and angular pop have drawn inevitable comparisons to the likes of Battles and Minus The Bear but the band also cite the likes of Sigur Rós and Biffy Clyro as musical influences.
Live Tall Ships are a must see band, mesmerising to watch, with such energy and deftness you can’t help but be amazed by them. They are fast gaining a well-deserved reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting live bands in the UK right now. They tour relentlessly and have honed the show into a thrilling experience, both aurally and visually as layers of sound and vocals are cleverly and deftly assembled to startling effect. They have already supported the likes of We Are Scientists, Metronomy (in Brazil), 65 Days Of Static (throughout Europe), Maps & Atlases, The Futureheads, Minus The Bear, Three Trapped Tigers & Tubelord.
"The mathy skronk of Battles, Foals’ wounded hearts and The xx’s sense of space, all tempered by a freeness of mind that only comes from breathing a dose of sea air each morning" – NME
"Hit The Floor is biting, brilliant and certain to rope you in" – Q