Young Fathers recently announced the completion of a new album, set for release on Ninja Tune in 2018. The UK-based trio and 2014 Mercury Prize winners also recently released their latest track “LORD” last month and, today, released the video for the song, directed by Rianne White.
Watch the “LORD” video now HERE
Speaking about the “LORD” video, Young Fathers’ Alloysious Massaquoi states, “For me, the video stemmed from... Like how do you describe an emotion, clearly and precisely when you’re completely immersed in it all? An act of internal withdrawal from the outside world, when all you need from the outside world is for someone, anyone, to show they care.” Graham ‘G’ Hastings adds, “Kayus brought a rocking horse into the studio one day. God knows why. After we wrote the song, Ally sat on it, took his top off and started riding majestic. Then we thought, ‘Why not?’”
Young Fathers will perform a run of UK and EU dates throughout March and April 2018 including their biggest headline show to-date, at London’s 3000-capacity Roundhouse on March 21. Tickets for all dates are on sale now, with full details available via http://www.young-fathers.com.
YOUNG FATHERS LIVE 2018
03/20/18 Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 2
03/21/18 London, UK - Roundhouse
03/22/18 Bristol, UK - Trinity Centre
03/23/18 Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
03/24/18 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowland Ballroom
03/28/18 Dublin, Ireland - Academy
04/06/18 Brussels, Belgium - AB Box
04/07/18 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Noord
04/09/18 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theatre
04/10/18 Prague, Czech Republic - MeetFactory o.p.s
04/11/18 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
04/12/18 Paris, France - La Badaboum
ABOUT YOUNG FATHERS
They are: ‘G’ Hastings, from Edinburgh, Alloysious Massaquoi, originally from Liberia via Ghana and KayusBankole, born in Edinburgh to Nigerian parents but partially raised in Maryland, USA. Their live shows are complimented by Steven Morrison on drums.
The group formed after meeting at an under-16s hiphop night at the infamous Bongo Club in Edinburgh when they were all in their teens. Almost immediately they started writing and recording together, initially on an old karaoke machine plugged into a cheap cassette recorder at G’s parents house.
In 2011, they set about recording a mixtape TAPE ONE in just over a week, finishing a track a day and having it available for download within two weeks of recording. They quickly followed this up with TAPE TWO, which was written and recorded in a similar fashion. Los Angeles based label, Anticon, discovered them online and within a few months had signed them for a short deal that saw both TAPEs officially released in 2013.
The group, meanwhile, continued to tour, gathering an impressive reputation as a formidable live act. They played all over Europe and made their U.S. debut at SXSW in March 2013.
Following support from the BBC’s Zane Lowe and Lauren Laverne, and an appearance on, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2014, TAPE TWO won Scottish Album Of The Year (‘The SAY Award’), while their next album, DEAD, received the highly prestigious Mercury Prize for best album of 2014.
Immediately after winning the Mercury Prize, Young Fathers travelled to Berlin where they continued making a new album in a freezing basement in a building near the railway yards. Returning to the more familiar (and warmer) basement studio in Edinburgh to finish their critically album White Men Are Black Men Too, which was released in April 2015 to widespread acclaim.
Young Fathers toured extensively in 2015, playing the UK, large swathes of Europe and did a six week stint in the USA.
In 2016, they played at Coachella among other festivals, and were invited to support Massive Attack on their UK and European tour after working together on Massive Attack’s single “Voodoo In My Blood”, which was released in January 2016.
Earlier this year, Young Fathers wrote the song “Only God Knows” for the film T2 Trainspotting, where they had a total of six songs featured in the film and soundtrack. Director Danny Boyle noted, “Their songs are my heartbeat for the film. And ‘Only God Knows’ is that rush again. The ocean. The heart.”
Young Fathers has just finished recording a new album.