Working Men's Club 'Valleys' 12"
Working Men’s Club have today shared the video to Valleys, the latest track to be taken from their self-titled 10-track album. The album, initially slated for June but postponed due to the Covid crisis is now released on Friday October 2nd 2020.
Talking about the track, Syd from the band said:
Valleys is probably the most honest song on the record and I guess sets a premise for the rest of the album, growing up in a small town and trying to escape. It was one of the last songs we finished, we couldn’t quite get the right string sound despite layering up about 4 synths up then Ross brought in his fixed LE string synth and it sounded perfect for the song. It’s the first track on the album and one of the last songs I wrote before going into Sheffield to finish off the record. Having been in lockdown since the end of Winter in Todmorden it seems like there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to release this song.
Valleys is also accompanied by a stunning video directed by Niall Trask shot in Calderdale.
Talking about the video, the concept of which was conceived by Mairead of the band, Niall added:
Was a pleasure to finally leave the confines of my flat and partake in a psychogeographical study of the Calder Valley with Working Mens Club, with the help of our spirit guide Benjamin Myers. Felt liberating leaving London, still a bit spaced out though. R.I.P the cat that died on location and was buried in the hole that Syd dug for us. Looking forward to seeing these lot live when we get our civil liberties back in 2037 when every venue has been closed down, great band!'
Initially only available to stream for seven days in early June, the MEGAMIX, a condensed electronic reworking of parts of the album, was released as a thank you to fans to fill the gap left by albums postponement.
Additionally, a 12” of Valleys featuring a couple of stunning remixes from Confidence Man and Manchester legend Graham Massey will be available to pre-order today.
The track listing of the 12” is as follows:
- Valleys (instrumental)
- Valleys (Confidence Man remix)
- Valleys (Graham Massey mix)
Named after the wood panelled, community-run venues 18-year-old band leader and singer Sydney Minsky-Sargeant used to sneak into under age, it was at home in the town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire, feeling hemmed in, that Syd first began assembling these 10 songs. “There’s not much going on, not much stuff to do as a teenager” he says. “It’s quite isolated. And it can get quite depressing being in a town where in the winter it gets light at nine in the morning and dark at four”.
Their eponymous collection of songs is equal parts Calder Valley restlessness and raw Sheffield steel, as it was across the Pennines that Working Men's Club's hard edged electronic sound was forged under the watchful ear of producer Ross Orton (The Fall, M.I.A., Arctic Monkeys). Guitars locking horns with floor-filling beats, synths masquerading as drums and Minsky-Sargeant’s scratchy, electrifying bedroom demos brought to their full potential by Orton’s blade-sharp yet sensitive production.
In the space of a year Working Men's Club have gone through more than most bands do in a lifetime. Two original members lighter and three new ones the richer and with Fat White Family taking them under their wing, their two singles received love from BBC 6 Music, Beats 1, NME, The Guardian, DIY and Q to name a few. Tours with Fat Whites, Mac De Marco, Bodega and a sold out headline UK tour culminated in a 600 capacity rave up in Manchester.
And with lockdown curtailing a number of plans the band have made the most of the situation streaming both the aforementioned ‘MEGAMIX’ of album tracks which they subsequently performed live and most recently from Manchester YES at the start of July they became one of the first acts to play a full-band virtual show.
Catalogue number: HVN552