A York group have released their latest song, backed by an innovative video where they become characters in a comic strip.
Miles and The Chain Gang release their fourth song, Love Is Blind, this Friday (27 May). The song was written and recorded in York, as was the video.
“It’s a tongue-in-cheek thing, in a way,” says the band’s singer and songwriter, and York resident, Miles Salter.
“That old idea about amorous activity makes you blind, it kind of riffs on that a bit.
“There’s a nod of the head to Billy Bragg, whose song From A Vauxhall Velox, includes the words ‘Some people say love is blind, but I think that’s just a bit short sighted.’ I love Billy Bragg, so it’s an affectionate nod to him. I sing the line a bit like him at one point.”
The upbeat summer anthem has already been played on YorkMix Radio and Jorvik Radio. The song was recorded in York at Young Thugs studios by Producer Jonny Hooker.
Holly Taymar Bilton sings backing vocals and local pianist Karl Mullen plays piano on the song. The video was made by York film-maker Dave Thorp, who also made the band’s previous two films.
“Dave came up with the visual idea of a cartoon, and the video is a lot of fun,” says Miles. “I like it because it’s different to what we have done before.”
Miles admits the band don’t have the most up-to-date sound. “We’re not Dua Lipa or Radiohead,” he says. ‘
“But there are lot of people out there who like guitar pop, a bit of soul, a bit of new wave. We’re aiming at audience members who can remember when Blondie were in the charts. I reckon there’s an audience there.”
Love Is Blind is released on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify on 27 May.
Miles and The Chain Gang will be playing dates around Yorkshire, including the following dates.
- Sunday 29 May – Miles will be talking to Ian Surgenor on Jorvik Radio about the new release. 6pm onwards. Chat plus some tunes!
- Sunday 5 June – Black Swan Folk Weekend, Black Swan, Peasholme Green York (we’re playing around 5.30pm). Free entry
- Saturday 18 June – The Leopard, Doncaster (plus support)
- Saturday 23 July 7.30pm – Helmsley Arts Centre, tickets £10 each
- Sunday 24 July – Harrogate Blues Bar (plus support)
- Saturday 27 August – The Smithy Arms, Malton Road, Swinton, YO17 6SQ
- Saturday 24 September – The Jolly Sailor, Cawood, near Selby