“BWP” by The Paranoyds

The Paranoyds share new single and accompanying video, “BWP” out everywhere now. Alongside the single, the band have announced a UK tour this fall, in addition to their North American dates, ahead of their new LP, Talk Talk Talk due out September 9, via Third Man Records.

Before the official fall tour kicks off, The Paranoyds will support Jack White for three dates this September including Asheville, NC, New Orleans, LA and Shreveport, LA. The fall tour officially begins on October 13 in Santa Ana, CA and moves through the South, Midwest, plus a date in Toronto, ON before concluding in their home city of Los Angeles on November 12. Then, the band heads to the UK for a string of dates through the end of November beginning in London and concluding on December 1 in Ramsgate.

“BWP” opens the album with an attempt to escape the monotony of daily life. Over warbled vocals, expressing disappointment with how the once-alluring future turned out, guitarist and vocalist Lexi Funston sings, “Up on my bed / I’m looking to mend / I contend I’ve got a case / A fight in my head / I’ve got a ten I’m willing to spend / A day is long when not much is coming in / Cross off 60 more, this future was a bore”

Funston explains the fuzzy jam is inspired by feeling stuck in an endless routine for so long, daydreams no longer feel special or significant–they’ve just become the norm. “Every now and then there are those days and sometimes even weeks where it just feels like you’re in a rut–for me they’re usually induced by some sort of gnarly LA heatwave or fire (if i’m really unlucky, it’s both!). All you can really do to escape the heat is daydream, but daydreaming day-to-day…it’s just not the same.”

Speaking to what the title’s three letters stand for, Funston adds, “I wrote the demo for the song at a time where it felt like all of a sudden Spotify was overcompensating for years of only boosting male rock bands, in this super disingenuous way (2019). There was this playlist called “Badass Women’s Playlist,” which I thought was such a cringe title for a playlist (looking at the playlist now, they dropped the “Women’s”). “But, on the other hand,” Funston admits, “I wanted our music to be on this playlist…I figured if I wrote a song with that intention in mind and named it after the playlist, we might finally get some subliminal love from Spotify…I guess that makes it a self-referential song about selling out.”

Directed by Max Flick, the track’s accompanying video allows each band member and their instrument shine as each shot corresponds seamlessly with each note played. Against a black backdrop, hues of red, yellow and blue along with a single spotlight bring the floating heads of each band member in and out of view. Similar to previously shared visuals, the band brings their retro spirit with them into the future, creating something brand new altogether.

Flick, who has previously collaborated with the band, was thrilled to be able to direct the latest video. “Since the first time I saw The Paranoyds play at the original Non Plus Ultra I was an instant fan and knew I wanted to make a video together. We have worked on many projects over the years, but this is my first time directing for them.” After listening to the track, Flick had a clear vision for the visual. “Listening to BWP immediately provided me with these vivid images that we were able to make come to life and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

The Paranoyds four-piece is made up of Laila Hashemi (keys/vocals), Lexi Funston (guitar/vocals), Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and David Ruiz (drums/vocals).

The Paranoyds
Talk Talk Talk
Third Man Records

01. BWP
02. Lizzie
03. Nissan Overdrive
04. Typing
05. Single Origin Experience
06. Freak Out
07. Andrew
08. Over and Done
09. 6th Street Bridge
10. LA 2032
11. Sunburn

The Paranoyds 2022 Tour Dates

Sept. 16 – Asheville, NC – Rabbit Rabbit*
Sept. 23 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore*
Sept. 25 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium*
Oct. 13 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room #
Oct. 14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah #
Oct. 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar # (Milly only)
Oct. 18 – Austin, TX – The Ballroom ^
Oct. 19 – Dallas, TX – CheapSteaks ^
Oct. 21 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records ^
Oct. 22 – Atlanta, GA – 529 ^
Oct. 23 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook ^
Oct. 25 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd &
Oct. 26 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA &
Oct. 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel & (+ 95 Bulls)
Oct. 29 – Boston, MA – Cafe 939 &
Oct. 31 – Toronto, ON – Monarch Tavern ^
Nov. 2 – Detroit, MI – Third Man Records ^
Nov. 3 – Chicago, IL – Schubas ^ (+ Bad Waitress)
Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry ^ (+ Bad Waitress)
Nov. 8 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Nov. 9 – Portland, OR – Polaris Hall
Nov. 11 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room

* Dates supporting Jack White
# Dates with Milly and Mo Dotti
& Dates with Tchotchke
^ Dates with Upchuck

UK Tour Dates

Nov. 23 – London, UK – Sebright Arms
Nov. 24 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Nov. 26 – Manchester, UK – Mood Swings at YES
Nov. 27 – Birmingham, UK – Dead Wax
Nov. 28 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Nov. 30 – Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
Dec. 1 – Ramsgate, UK – Ramsgate Music Hall

Pre-order Talk Talk Talk by The Paranoyds HERE


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