For full routing see below or go to the band’s website here. “It’s the story of the ultimate childhood fantasy, the schoolboy who becomes a millionaire overnight, and the different interactions he has with people in his life from teachers to neighbours. Alongside the news of the songs, alt-J has previously announced an arena tour of North America, beginning, February 25th in Pittsburgh and ending April 17th in Toronto. Mercury Prize-winning band alt-J has released their third single ‘Hard Drive Gold’ from their upcoming album The Dream due for release next month. 

Joe Newman, the band’s singer/guitarist/songwriter says ‘Hard Drive Gold’ is a slightly tongue-in-cheek song written at what the world thought was the height of the cryptocurrency gold rush. Share “I had ideas for videos that I passed on to directors to develop, watching these directors execute some of these ideas inspired me and now I want to understand and experience the process at a deeper level.”

The Dream will be released on February 11, 2022, via Canvasback/Atlantic Records. Throughout the band’s career, Newman has been involved in developing the ideas of a number of alt-J videos, and now with ‘Hard Drive Gold’, he takes the full step up to directing. 

His partner, Darcy Wallace, who choreographed for both film and music videos, co-directed the video. 

Newman says of the video: “Growing up enjoying cinema greatly I saw our music videos as opportune moments for directors to create stories purely and so we the band did not appear in our videos. 

“By avoiding cuts to a band playing in an ‘aeroplane hanger’ the audience could focus on the cinema over the indie band music video tropes. How ironically you interpret its message is entirely up to you…,” Says Newman. 

The song is accompanied by a video that is Newman’s directorial debut.
Alex Pearson

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