Leeds trio THE CALLS release their new single, I JUST THOUGHT I’D SAY, on 28 August on Atomic Records. Whilst pinned upon the most longing and beautiful of melodies, the song is perhaps the band’s most melancholic and reflective to date, lamenting on the state of the world and tapping into a feeling that a lot of people share where the anger has turned into a sad resignation.
“The video reflects the song,” explains singer Tom Fuller, “by depicting me living in the back of my van in isolation, trying to escape the chaos of the times.”
The accompanying, poignant video was created by lead guitarist Will Johnson. “It takes a nomadic perspective of the world,” he explains, “balancing the vastly different lives and stories of people, told through old home movies, with the current state of affairs and the divisions borne out of modern-day censorship of opinion.”
Emerging from the ever-thriving hotbed of Leeds, THE CALLS are a proudly DIY band who write, record and rehearse all their music in a converted barn and travel around in an old window cleaner’s van. The band are driven by the unconventional songwriting of Tom Fuller, who puts an introspective slant on social observations through cryptic wordplay and subtle use of metaphor; lead guitarist Will Johnson, a film maker and visual artist whose unrestrained and often highly unusual sound is due to the fact that, remarkably, he had never picked up a guitar before joining; and bassist Marcell Haslewood, a lifeguard finding his way through life via a combination of ambience and dub, and a unique approach to playing that regularly subverts expectations.