JAMES are proud to release the new track, COMING HOME (PT. 2) following its premiere on the Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 2. The track, concerning the pain of being a working parent away from their child, is a second part to their classic hit, COME HOME, and features sonic interference from long time JAMES collaborator and musical innovator Brian Eno.
The video was created by TIM BOOTH and LEIF TILDEN. The video was also directed by Lief, who has had an incredible career working with legends such as Stanislav Grotofski, Joseph Chaikin, Philip Glass, Sam Shepard and Jim Henson, and also directed the indie movie 1 Mile to You.
The video depicts Tim Booth sitting alone in a hotel room trying to connect to his daughter over a Facetime equivalent as he sings, “I missed your 7th birthday / Last kiss 5000 miles away / Facetime on Father’s Day / Father’s Day / 5000 miles away”.
“I wrote [1989 single] Come Home feeling shit about leaving my older kid and splitting up with his Mum,” Tim explains. “This is a part two, a sequel to that. My family is together but I’m away traveling a lot, doing what I love. Personally, I wanted to commission an animation to this song but had my arm twisted to be in front of camera for the first time in 20 years for James.”
COMING HOME (PT. 2) is taken from the forthcoming album, LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES. Released on 3 August, the album is produced by Mercury and Brit Award winner CHARLIE ANDREW [whose previous work includes alt-J and Wolf Alice] and rising star BENI GILES.
LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES follows the release of their recent BETTER THAN THAT EP, the band’s first new music since their hugely successful 2016 album GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which debuted at #2 in the UK album charts, second only to Adele and their highest debut entry in nearly twenty years.
This is the band’s fifteenth studio album, and delivers the same vigour and urgency as its predecessors, a fusion of social commentary and personal reflection, covering everything from the current political climate in America in the frustration-charged HANK – “This crackhead’s tiny fingers / Accusing you of what he’ll do / White fascists in the White House / More beetroot in your Russian stew” – to the mystical love song-like LEVIATHAN, fronting truly memorable lines.
LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES will be available on CD, download, cassette and heavyweight double vinyl, plus a hardback booked deluxe CD featuring 4 extra tracks – three demos plus one track from the album sessions.
HMV and Independent stores will also stock a limited grey gatefold package featuring double magenta coloured vinyl. Exclusive signed bundles and a limited yellow gatefold package featuring double white vinyl are available via the artist store here. Pre-order link here: https://jamesofficial.lnk.to/LivingPR
JAMES recently played a seven-date sold out UK tour, revisiting intimate venues across the country, and headlined the Common People Festivals in Southampton and Oxford. They’re now preparing for a string performances at summer festivals across the UK and Europe as follows:
Fri 13 SOUTHWOLD Latitude Festival | HEADLINE 2nd Stage
Sat 14 BILBAO BBK Live
Fri 27 KENDAL Kendal Calling Festival
Sat 11 LITHLINGOW Party at The Palace | HEADLINE
Sat 18 SCARBOROUGH Open Air Theatre | HEADLINE
Thu 30 DUMFRIES Electric Fields | HEADLINE
JAMES are one of the UK’s most creatively restless and most loved artists. After signing to the iconic Factory Records in 1982, the band went on to release a series of hugely successful hit singles. From SIT DOWN to SHE’S A STAR, LAID, COME HOME, MOVING ON and NOTHING BUT LOVE, their uniquely diverse sound spans over 14 studio albums released over three decades, achieving both critical and commercial success whilst also curating a base of dedicated fans.
Having sold over 25 million albums worldwide, playing shows across the globe and cementing their status as one of the most iconic live British bands, 2016 saw the release of GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, their most commercially and critically successful album for nearly twenty years.