Saturday, May 9th, 2020
LA Priest Shares Video for New Song “Beginning” and Announces New Album Release Date
GENE Due Out June 5 via Domino
May 08, 2020
By Christopher Roberts
LA Priest (aka England’s Sam Dust or Sam Eastgate) was releasing a new album, GENE, on April 24 via Domino. Now he has announced a new release date for the album and shared another song from it, “Beginning,” via a video for the single. GENE is now due out June 5 via Domino. Joseph Bird directed the “Beginning” video, which features LA Priest wandering around North Wales with a 7ft Flying-V guitar and wearing a very tall hat. Watch it below.
LA Priest has also recently launched The GENE Machine emulator, which a press release explains is “a virtual version of the bespoke drum machine that serves as the backbone to GENE.” It allows users to “recreate their own versions of both ‘Beginning’ and ‘What Moves.’” Check it out here.
Also, on May 16 at 3 p.m. EST LA Priest will be performing a livestream concert, “Live From the Shed,” via Veep here.
Previously LA Priest shared the album’s first single, “What Moves,” via a self-directed video for the track. “What Moves” was one of our Songs of the Week. GENE is the first LA Priest album in five years, since 2015’s debut album, Inji.
Erol Alkan co-produced the album with Eastgate. GENE is named after a new analog drum machine Eastgate developed and built. As a previous press release explained: “Working in isolation for more than two years in California, Wales and England’s south coast, soldering iron in hand, Sam developed the inners of GENE using dozens of electrical circuits he made up himself. The creation came after a search for an alternative to the structure and rigor of standard drum machines. Its unique rhythmic patterns are the focal point for the album, which is colored by lush, pastoral tones, paired with the influence of his environmental changes.”
Read our 2015 interview with LA Priest.
LA Priest Tour Dates:
May 16 – “Live From The Shed” @ 3pm ET
September 30 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
October 1 – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
October 2 – Rotonde, Brussels, Belgium
October 8 – Headrow House, Leeds, UK
October 9 – Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
October 10 – YES, Manchester, UK
October 12 – Exchange, Bristol, UK
October 13 – Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
October 15 – Oval Space, London, UK
October 17 – The Grand Social, Dublin, Ireland
October 28 – Ubran Spree, Berlin, Germany
October 30 – 31– London Calling Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 14 – Baby’s All Right, New York
November 15 – Empty Bottle, Chicago
November 17 – Barboza, Seattle