A hot new band who aren’t afraid to confront political or social issues in their music are appearing in Sheffield this weekend.
A case in point with Another Sky is their new single Apple Tree.
It showcases both singer Catrin Vincent’s astonishing vocal range with her androgynous-sounding and haunting voice, and the band’s strength for cool atmospherics and poignant lyrics.
The track, which was given its premiere by Radio 1’s Annie Mac, alongside plays from Radio X’s John Kennedy, and Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, is accompanied by a beautiful stop-motion video, directed by Dann Parry.
Catrin said about the video: “Apple Tree is the story of a boy I knew growing up who was bullied for talking to daffodils.
“I always admired him.
“The song celebrates feminine men, because I don’t believe being feminine is exclusive to being a woman.
“We spent some time last year on the Isle of Wight at Chale Abbey Studios.
“The song was written and recorded there.”
Apple Tree follows on nicely from the band’s previous single Chillers, with its cinematic-looking video made in the US featuring a Latino American man working on rich people’s cars while he has to make do with a bike that's falling to pieces.
Last year saw the band make a bold statement with debut EP Forget Yourself, setting the tone for their politically-charged lyrics and social observations.
Avalanche speaks of toxic masculinity, violence and social marginalisation, whilst the aforementioned Chillers tackles the complacency accompanied by wealth.
Catrin said: “I just don’t like apathy. I don’t like the idea that artists shouldn’t talk about politics – politics bleeds into everyone’s lives.
“I don’t see why you can’t be an activist and an artist.
“Of course you can change things.
“The world is what we make of it.”
She has also spoken powerfully bout being bullied and marginalised at school for speaking out against homophobia and racism and spending lunchtimes escaping into making her music.
The band gathered fans and influential admirers last year, with Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens immediately offering the band his final-ever Maida Vale studios live session after seeing them play in London, and Another Sky also invited to appear on Later… with Jools Holland in October.
Another Sky appear on Sunday, February 10, at Cafe Totem on Arundel Gate.