February 1, 2023
Photograph Credit score: Jim Whalley

The Luka State lately introduced the March tenth launch of their eagerly anticipated second album ‘Extra Than This’ by sharing its title monitor. The music was impressed by an encounter that frontman Conrad Ellis had with a single mom of two whereas he was delivering meals parcels in the course of the pandemic.

“She did the whole lot she may for her boys working two jobs per week to place meals on the desk, however she was let down by the system,” says Conrad. Her story is a tragedy, symptomatic of what must be a nationwide scandal, with so many households going by means of comparable experiences.

When it got here to creating a video for the monitor, The Luka State determined to donate its price range to The Trussell Belief and make their very own DIY visible, as a substitute utilizing electrifying stay footage from the band’s current North American headline tour  The Trussell Belief helps a nationwide community of meals banks, gives emergency meals and assist to folks locked in poverty, and campaigns for change to finish the necessity for meals banks within the UK.  Their work is required greater than ever. At current, an emergency meals parcel is handed out each 13 seconds, and for the primary time ever, meals banks are giving out extra meals than is being donated. The Luka State are additionally internet hosting a fundraiser for The Trussell Belief. Please see HERE for extra particulars and to donate.

The ‘Extra Than This’ video captures a snapshot of a nation in disaster, with footage that depicts the blunt actuality of homeless folks throughout the land. However you don’t should be homeless to be struggling. The innocence of the younger boy proven within the video stands in stark distinction to the completely closed retailers on an property within the band’s hometown of Winsford, Cheshire – paradoxically simply north of the affluent Alderley Edge, house to a number of gamers from each Manchester soccer groups. The video was directed by the band’s common collaborator, Jim de Whalley – Watch BELOW:

The Luka State commented, “The Trussell Belief is the most important meals financial institution charity within the UK. It’s a topic that’s very near our hearts, so we need to put our cash the place our mouth is and donate. The little lad within the video and on our album cowl is from our house city Winsford. We needed to indicate the truth of working-class cities like ours, so we photographed him in entrance of one of many completely shut retailers on one of many estates.”

The ‘Extra Than This’ album fearlessly explores the struggles of contemporary working-class life with aggressive, visceral and fast songs that echo influences comparable to Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro and The Jam. The songs which have previewed the album have been supported at 6 Music and BBC Introducing, whereas widespread worldwide streaming has included key playlists at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Deezer. The document options manufacturing from Dan Austin (You Me At Six,Pixies) and the Grammy Award-winning Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse).

This 12 months has seen The Luka State embark upon their debut North American headline tour, which additionally included a set on the Louder Than Life pageant, whereas a spotlight of their UK reveals got here after they packed the tent at 2000trees. They lately introduced the next ‘Extra Than This’ 2023 tour dates – tickets can be found HERE.

twenty third – Birmingham, Rainbow
twenty fourth – Bristol, Crofters
twenty fifth – Southampton, Heartbreakers
thirty first – Leeds, Hyde Park Guide Membership

sixth – Aberdeen, Tunnels
seventh – Dundee, Church
eighth – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
twelfth – Hamburg, Hakken
thirteenth – Cologne, Helios37
14th – Berlin, Maschinenhaus
fifteenth – Amsterdam, Paradise Bitterzoet
twenty first – Manchester, Academy 3

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