TV Priest have released their second single – ‘Runner Up’

It’s a jumpy slice of post-punk, served with all the dips

TV Priest have unveiled their second offering with the jumpy kicks of ‘Runner Up’

A stinging track that follows up from the release of debut offering ‘House Of York’, frontman Charlie Drinkwater explains: “Runner Up” address feelings and patterns of lived experience as a citizen of a globalised, late capitalist nation.”

“It’s about white goods, Protestant work ethic, Catholic guilt, game shows, not dancing at the Christmas party, four-car garages, meal deals, spam folders, lotteries, carrots and sticks.”

“The ‘perpetual motion’ of this economic model feeds a sense of the inadequate in the individual. It seeks to rob us of deeper human connections with people, places, and objects in the drive to generate vast incomes for a small percentage of the population. Despite getting that new shirt, new job, or new car it’s never quite enough, the ‘true’ object of you affection remains just out of reach, with the latest model upgraded before your very eyes.”

“And yet the model forces us to be complicit and turn hypocrite. As we upload this song we directly, albeit incrementally, help the revenue streams of homogeneous multinational corporations who’ve no real interest in ‘connecting’ people beyond establishing data sets that help in predictive behaviour ‘markets’.”

“This song was written as a response to that, a patchwork of observations on what it was to live and work in a pre-pandemic Britain. Perhaps a Britain that may no longer exist.”

TV Priest have also announced a debut headline show to take place on October 28th at London’s Shacklewell Arms

Prepare for that (hopefully), with ‘Runner Up’ below:

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