BETHLEHEM CASUALS, who slam down their new single ‘The Drink’, on all platforms today.
A fiery concoction of exotic Middle Eastern rhythms, washed-down with swirling 60s psychedelia. ‘The Drink’ is the third and final single to emerge from the Casuals’ upcoming concept album: ‘The Tragedy Of Street Dog’ (out 17th April 2020).
A record that tells the story of a dog who wonders where all the music in Manchester has disappeared to, this song finds its lead protagonist “Street Dog” inching ever closer to the truth… As frontman Will Hearne enlightens:
“‘The Drink’ tells the story of an unveiling of truths late in the night, loose lips aided by the drink, and the unveiling of the true villain that stole music from Manchester”.
‘The Drink’ is just the latest piece of the puzzle, following a string of individually adventurous and sonically dextrous singles: ‘The Oke’, ‘Flaccid Passion’ and ‘Change’; each of which have offered their own clues to a final picture that will only become apparent on their new album release this Spring.
Released on 17th April 2020, ‘The Tragedy of Street Dog’ will tell the story of a house-pet-gone-rogue. Set in the band’s own hometown, the story follows a canine protagonist ‘Street Dog’ as he embarks on a quest to rediscover the music of Manchester. Along his perilous journey, Street Dog visits some of the city’s infamous haunts like Temple Bar, The Oxford Road and The Hacienda, and encounters treacherous foes like ‘River Rat’ and ‘The Oke’. Erudite and experimental, ‘The Tragedy Of Street Dog’ will see Bethlehem Casuals’ sleazy, sultry and saxy brand of oddball pop truly come into its own. Mind-bending and musically adept in equal measure, it’s one heck of a ride and a record that casts a fresh and fantastical light on whether a dog’s life is all that bad after all…
‘The Tragedy of Street Dog’ was recorded at Giant Wafer Studios, Llanbadarn Fynydd in May 2019. All tracks on the album were engineered by Saam Jafarzadeh and Ashwin Menon, with mastering by Peter Fletcher.
The Casuals have been touring ‘The Tragedy of Street Dog’ around the nation of late, but in light of current events, the band will be postponing a number of their upcoming shows, with others under review. Full dates and details are listed as follows:
‘THE TRAGEDY OF STREET DOG’ TOUR
8 – BATH The Bell Inn*
9 – BRISTOL The Jam Jar*
16 – LONDON Islington O2 Academy 2*
17 – MANCHESTER The Bread Shed*
19 – LIVERPOOL Zanzibar*
28 – OXFORD The Mad Hatter*
8 – NEWCASTLE Castle*
* Going ahead – until further notice.
Tickets for all shows can be found here, and are on sale now: