“Just Do” Stealing Sheep

Just Do" by Stealing Sheep is Northern Transmissions 'Song of the Day.'
Just Do" by Stealing Sheep

Ahead of their North American tour, UK band Stealing Sheep have have shared their new single “Just Do”. The song is off their current release Big Wows, now available via Heavenly Recordings.

Stealing Sheep on “Just Do:”

“Just Do was formed between a studio session in London with Raf Rundell (2bears) and a composition we created for an experimental show called Wow Machine featuring hocket style vocals, synchronized dancers and a light up mechanical stage. The music was inspired by this set up with mechanical samples, MPC sequencing and ballroom inspired bass synth and drums. There’s a stark contrast between evocative vocals and rich tones in the bass and drums with a heavy dance back.”

Running through the whole record is a response to living in a tech era. “We wanted sounds to represent TVs, computers and everyday glitches,” says Bex. “We started to have this feeling that life is like a game and how you can malfunction when you’re blasted with too much information…”

For this album many songs were started solely on the computer: sequencing, building sounds, drum machines and responding to that non-emotional binary world. “The big challenge,” continues Bex “is making machines sound organic, emotional, finding their flaws. That’s why Delia Derbyshire is so important to us. All the effects that she uses serve to humanize the machines.”

The songs began at home or in their studio at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory, laying down the main body of the tracks. Then, the band worked with various producers including Marta Salogni (Bjork, MIA, Factory Floor), Andy Smith (Years & Years), Ash Workman (Christine & The Queens, Metronomy) and Joe Wills (video artist for Little Dragon) as they tried out different mixes and ideas to convey their messages.

They also teamed up with 8–bit video artist Pastel Castle (Emily Garner) who created a Karaoke video series for the album; exploring Stealing Sheep’s digital dimension and their shifting identities amidst changing cultural moods and millennial paraphernalia. “It’s a crazy time and it’s challenging navigating through it, but it’s like ‘whatever’, bring on the BIG WOWS.”

Stealing Sheep
Big Wows
Track listing

1. Show Love
2. Back In Time
3. Joking Me
4. Why Haven’t I?
5. Girl
6. Just Dreaming
7. Big Wows
8. Breathe
9. True Colours
10. Choose Like You
11. Heartbeats

Stealing Sheep
North American Dates

3/10/2020 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
3/11/2020 – 3/14/2020 – New York, NY – New Colossus Festival
3/13/2020 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
3/15/2020 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
3/16/2020 – Washington DC – Pearl Street Warehouse
3/23/2020 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
3/24/2020 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
3/26/2020 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
3/27/2020 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
3/28/2020 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival