King Hannah Debut “Davey Says”

King Hannah have released new single "Davey Says", the second track lifted from their forthcoming album Big Swimmer due out May 31st
King Hannah photo by Joséphine Leddet

King Hannah have released new single “Davey Says”, the second track lifted from their forthcoming album Big Swimmer due out May 31st via City Slang. The LP was produced by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, Perfume Genius). Today’s track release is accompanied by a video directed by the band’s own Craig Whittle. The visual is an homage to the 90s garage rock music videos the band love so much, the feeling of nostalgic coming-of-age compounded by the use of an old camcorder to capture the more dynamic parts of the video, harking back to home movies and long, endless days of band practices in your parents’ garage. The band have announced a handful of North American dates for this June and July including stops in New York City, Chicago, Quebec City, and Brooklyn, NY.

“”Davey Says” is our ode to 90s, American indie garage rock. We wanted this to be a raucous, fuzzy, light-hearted moment in the album, but to still have that feeling of ‘youcandoanything-ness’. The opening line ‘Meet me before the party, I don’t want to walk in alone’ is our attempt at that classic American 90’s imagery, of coming-of-age nostalgia and romance, of late warm summer nights when the future is draped in front of you.”

Big Swimmer, reflects on stories from their travels away from home, as the duo shared the stage with Kurt Vile, Kevin Morby, Thurston Moore, and festivals throughout Europe and North America. Particularly in America, Merrick and Whittle found themselves looking through their tour van window as a sort of screen, allowing for inspiration for their storytelling to come pouring in. “Because if you’re visiting a different country, it’s more like you’re witnessing someone’s life,” Merrick comments on the band’s experiences on the road in the States. Therein a balance of lightness and darkness melded together, as the band witnessed everyday delights, horrors and mundanities — this all against the backdrop of their dreams of performing their songs around the world coming true. Big Swimmer finds King Hannah on the other side of their first act with a newfound understanding of their sound, their strengths, their gratitude, and their vision for the future of the band’s music.

King Hannah
Big Swimmer

1. Big Swimmer *
2. New York, Let’s Do Nothing
3. The Mattress
4. Milk Boy (I Love You)
5. Suddenly, Your Hand
6. Somewhere Near El Paso
7. Lily Pad
8. Davey Says
9. Scully
10. This Wasn’t Intentional *
11. John Prine On The Radio

* Special Guest Sharon Van Etten


May 17 + 18 – The Great Escape: Brighton (UK)
June 29 – Empty Bottle: Chicago
July 1 – Johnny Brenda’s: Philadelphia, PA
July 2 – Elsewhere Zone 1: Brooklyn
July 4 – Festival D’été de Québec: Quebec City (QC)
July 5 – La Noce Festival: Chicoutimi (QC)
July 17 – Botanique: Bologna (IT)
July 18 – Piazza delle Feste/Mojotic: Genova (IT)
July 20 – TVSpenta dal vivo: Rapolano Terme (Siena) (IT)
July 21 – Triennale Milano: Milano (IT)
August 29 – Strange Brew: Bristol (UK)
August 30 – End of the Road: Dorset (UK)
September 5 – Lido: Berlin (DE)
September 6 – Vega (Ideal Bar): Copenhagen (DK)
September 8 – Paard: Den Haag (NL)
September 9 – Paradiso: Amsterdam (NL)
September 11 – Effenaar: Eindhoven (NL)
September 12 – La Maroquinerie: Paris (FR)
September 13 – AB Club: Brussels (BE)
September 14 – Reflektor: Liège (BE)
September 15 – Leffinge Leuren: Leffinge (BE)
September 17 – AFF@Bootstraat: Hasselt (BE)
September 18 – Vera: Groningen (NL)
September 19 – Café Glocksee: Hannover (DE)
September 25 – Rich Mix: London (UK)

Pre-order Big Swimmer by King Hannah HERE


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