Leeds trio THE CALLS have released INTO THE DAY, the third single and video to be taken from their forthcoming new EP, SETTING SUN, scheduled for release in the summer.
INTO THE DAY follows two previous singles from the EP – Way Far Out and Until It’s Time – which will also include unreleased songs. The second of those singles, Until It’s Time, was launched towards the end of last year with a sold-out date at Leeds Lending Room which marked the band’s first full capacity show since before the lockdowns of the last two years.
The new single enhances the band’s chameleon-like strength of being forever changing, forever progressing, and always being strikingly unpredictable, and again emphasises vocalist and songwriter Tom Fuller’s idiosyncratic approach to lyrics.
“Into The Day is a song of self-reflection,” explains Tom. “It’s entirely ambiguous who the narrator is speaking to, but I always imagined he was talking to himself. I suppose it’s a stream-of-consciousness process of trying to realise who he really is. There are tangents in there where he becomes arrogant, delusional, self-conscious, and even resentful, but it ultimately concludes with the idea that you must step into the unknown to find out what kind of person you really are. I tried not to be overly optimistic or overly pessimistic, but I think it lands a bit more on the positive side. In the end you can ‘find another way’. I believe that every person has so much potential within them, but a lot of us are so jaded these days that we lose sight of that, and I think the warm, psychedelic feel of the track reflects the introspectiveness of the lyrics. The outro jam is ‘the unknown’, which I think is the most exciting part of the song. It’s a nice lift at the end.”
Hailing from the thriving bedrock of Leeds, THE CALLS remain a proudly defiant DIY band who write, rehearse, and record their music in a converted barn and travel in a window cleaner’s van. The trio are driven by the unconventional songwriting of Tom Fuller, who puts an introspective slant on social observations through cryptic wordplay and metaphor, with lyrics often dystopian in their outlook, often reflective and always deeply personal; lead guitarist Will Johnson, a film maker and visual artist whose unrestrained and highly unusual sound is due to the fact that he had never picked up a guitar before joining the band; 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 invariably defies expectation.
This versatile aspect to their sound is one of the band’s biggest assets, moving seamlessly through dark, psychedelic dub-rock, to soaring rhythms and bold, inventive percussion.
“They give an absolute schooling to anyone who underestimates indie’s power to push boundaries, and somehow they do it without sounding as if they’re bothered at all about anything other than falling into the music …” THE PHONOGRAPH
“Music this good, beyond good, is something special; leaving you blissed out and in a beautiful place. Do we really need anything more?” LOCAL SOUND FOCUS
“For fans of shoegaze acts from decades past – My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive – boxes are ticked, whilst fans of neo-psychedelic acts such as Tame Impala will find them a great listen as well …” CONCRETE
The SETTING SUN EP, and the final track to be released from it, will be launched in the summer with another headline show in Leeds. Details to be announced soon.