Inspired by traditional customs out at sea, in which warring factions would set down arms to negotiate, Foolish Parley’s lyrics open a door once more into the old soul of bookish front man and lyricist, Alex Moore. 

Of the track, he says: “Being honest, this just came to me out of nowhere, I can’t pinpoint from exactly where or why. Indie four-piece The Lathums have just released an absorbingly surreal, widescreen music video for their EP-track, ‘Foolish Parley’. Revealed as the first ICM Ones To Watch 2020 artist in the 31-day series, The Lathums are already on their way to making this year their best yet. Cut to a distinctly conceptual, arthouse feel in deep black and white and interspersed with live footage from beneath the baroque splendour of Blackpool Tower, the Wigan band reveal their theatrical poise with brooding, poker-faced performances in full, rain-smudged make-up. Share “Like a lot of songs, it was something that flowed freely, working first time and, sometimes, it takes no more thinking about than that.”

The Lathums look forward to a brighter 2021 filled with already sold out, landmark shows including dates at Manchester’s O2 Ritz and London’s Electric Ballroom, celebratory festival appearances, including Sound City and Neighbourhood Weekender, and their first, ever European dates. 

All currently confirmed UK and Ireland dates for The Lathums are:

Thu 22 Apr Hull, Social – SOLD OUTFri 23 Apr Manchester, O2 Ritz – SOLD OUTSat 24 Apr Stoke, Sugarmill – SOLD OUTThu 29 Apr Glasgow, Garage – SOLD OUTFri 30 April Sheffield, University Foundry – SOLD OUTSat 1 May Newcastle, Riverside – SOLD OUTSun 2 May Liverpool, Sound CityTue 4 May Nottingham, Rescue Rooms – SOLD OUTWed 5 May Birmingham, O2 Institute 2 – SOLD OUTFri 7 May Leicester, O2 Academy 2 – SOLD OUTSat 8 May Leeds, Beckett Students Union – SOLD OUTSun 9 May Cardiff, Globe – SOLD OUTTue 11 May Oxford, O2 Academy 2 – SOLD OUTWed 12 May London, Electric Ballroom – SOLD OUTSun 30 May Warrington, Neighbourhood WeekenderTue 1 June Edinburgh, Liquid Room – SOLD OUTThu 3 June Dunfermline, PJ Molly’s – SOLD OUTFri 4 June Dundee, Fat Sam’sSat 5 June Aberdeen, The Lemon TreeTue 8 June Belfast, Limelight 2Thu 10 June Dublin, The AcademyFri 11 June Galway, The Róisín DubhSat 12 June Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse

For ticket information, keep an eye on their social media channels @thelathums. The growling, rumbling ‘Foolish Parley’ featured on the band’s Ghost EP in October and now is followed up with a video directed by James Slater.  

It finds the barely twenty-somethings nudged into noir and embracing the surreal, losing all sense of time and reality along the rugged, sea-lashed, British shoreline.
Alex Pearson

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