England's Benin City release "Final Form" music video, taken from 'Last Night', due out 15th June 2018
The London-based three-piece Benin City, comprised of vocalists Joshua Idehen and Shanaz Dorsett with multi-instrumentalist Tom Leaper, today share a video for their current single, "Final Form". The track is taken from their upcoming album, Last Night, which will be an ode to London's nightlife, set for release via Moshi Moshi Records on June 15th 2018. Joshua said the following about the video:
"Our last video for "All Smoke, No Fire" was in memory of all the clubs that have shut in the last five years, so we wanted our next video to celebrate the mainstream and alternative scenes still thriving in London. Working with George Bushaway, we crafted a narrative of two clubbers working up the courage to lose themselves in three very different dance-floors: Lindy hopping with Swing Patrol in Holborn, Jungle/Garage raving in Fire down Vauxhall, and a soca night at Ruby Blue, Leicester Square".
About the track itself he continued:
"I once went to Zoo Bar in the west end with a poet I really fancied. It was a Saturday night and neither of us drank but we felt like dancing. They were playing soulful house (this was way back in the noughties). Spurring and daring each other on, we started with the running man and ended up at last orders, dripping in the worst sweat, making up entirely new dance moves, downing large glasses of tap water. She, a Dragonball Z fan, kept saying, “nah, you haven’t seen my Final Form. Next song I will be over 9000”. Obviously, that stuck with me."
Watch / share the video HERE.
Following a sold out show at London's The Waiting Room, which was a boundary-pushing performance combining spoken word and music, Benin City are currently at SXSW in Austin, Texas to play 4 shows including one for BBC Radio 1, details of which are below. The band will also perform at The Lock Tavern in London on 31st March. Their live dates are as follows:
14th Mar (9pm): USA, Austin, Texas: SXSW, Esther's Follies
16th Mar (4.30pm): USA, Austin, Texas: SXSW, Flatstock Stage
17th Mar (2pm): USA, Austin, Texas: SXSW, British Music Embassy @ SXSW Presents, Latitude 30
17th Mar (1am): USA, Austin, Texas: SXSW, BBC Radio 1 @ British Music Embassy @ SXSW Presents, Latitude 30
31st March: UK, London: Lock Tavern
8th June: UK, London: Poetry and Lyrics Festival with Cerys Matthews
9th August: UK, Winchester: Boomtown Festival
Clubbing is a source of euphoria: a weekly, often daily escape, a respite from the grind. That culture and its landmarks – some of London’s best venues and many countless pubs - are slowly disappearing for good. On the band’s record, due for release in June, Benin City's narrators draw on the last decade of their collective experiences as ravers, bar workers and observers and take an album-long look at the nature of London’s nightlife.Read an interview with the band over at Noisey here.
Pre-order and stream the singles from Last Night, here.
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