The Lathums send a postcard from the innocent, hope-filled child trapped somewhere in grown-ups’ cynical souls with Thoughts Of A Child, their latest single and first new music since claiming their second Official UK Charts Number One album back in March. Savouring every second of another year of success that has served to swell the growing Lathums family, the four-piece’s rousing reminder to submit to wide-eyed wonder arrives as they absorb Europe’s major cities once more, this time on a 26-date arena tour with Louis Tomlinson.
Stamped, addressed and sent back home as a reminder that they’re doing just fine, Thoughts Of A Child has joined the band’s live set as they tour from Helsinki to a late-October finish in Zürich, putting the cherry on top of a year that has also seen them play to 10,000 people at their own headline Castlefield Arena show and steal hearts at Glastonbury with a blistering coming-of-age appearance on The Other Stage.
Blessed with hard-won wisdom and wishing good things on people in the world around him, philosophical singer-songwriter, Alex Moore takes listeners on another hand-held stroll through his glowing world of courage, belief and gentle defiance on Thoughts Of A Child. Swelling, swirling and ebbing from hushed acoustic intimacy to air-punching, arms-around-your-neighbour choruses, the song’s sense and celebration of change – from lost teen to pop star, heartbreak to new love, despair to hope – reconfirms both The Lathums’ untarnished world view and assured artistic confidence.
Invited to pick up a comprehensive wide-tour support by the former One Direction star himself, The Lathums trip overseas in Louis Tomlinson’s company follows last year’s support tour around some of the same continental cities with legendary US indie heroes, The Killers. That tour famously led to Moore joining Brandon Flowers and The Killers on stage to duet their live cover of The Lathums’ How Beautiful Life Can Be.