Anna Calvi has shared a new single, ‘Ain’t No Grave’.
Written for Peaky Blinders, the track will appear on Calvi’s upcoming EP ‘Tommy’, which is setting for release on May 6 via Domino.
The new EP includes another song she wrote for the show, ‘Burning Down’, plus a cover of Peaky Blinders theme song ‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and a version of Bob Dylan’s ‘All The Tired Horses’.
“I’ve been living in the character of Tommy Shelby for years now, after scoring series 5 and this final series of Peaky Blinders,” Calvi explains. “The only way to write for this show is to get inside his head – I’ve dreamed about him every night for months, and when I pick up my guitar I try to play to his inner thoughts. My guitar is his violence and my voice is his hope. I always felt he should have ‘a song’ that sums him up – he’s the ultimate antihero – murderous, cold, terrifying, and yet has a deep love for his family and a naive childlike hope that he will one day rise above it all. I wanted to believe that ‘Aint No Grave’ was the song going round in his head as he slow motion walks through his life. I think Tommy will be a part of me forever!”
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight added: “A new Anna Calvi single is always cause for celebration and I’d like to add my name to the list of people who are singing its praises. I’d also like to thank Anna for all the work she has put in on the soundtrack of series six of Peaky Blinders.”
You can check out ‘Ain’t No Grave’ below.