Steven Adams & The French Drops share video for “Ex Future” from new album Virtue Signals out today

Steven Adams & The French Drops
Share video for “Ex Future
Taken from album Virtue Signals due out this Friday, 4 May
via Hudson Records

UK Tour Underway
Tour Dates:
Wed 2 May – Manchester – The Castle
Thur 3 May – Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Fr 4 May – Newcastle – Cluny 2
Sat 5 May – York – The Basement
Sun 6 May – Halifax – Grayston Unity courtyard (afternoon)
Sun 6 May – Sheffield – Shakespeares (evening)
Wed 16 May – London – Boston Music Room
Steven Adams & The French Drops share the video for their new single “Ex Future“, taken from the album Virtue Signals, out this Friday, 4 May, via Hudson Records. The track was shared by The Line Of Best Fit, who wrote; “The new group really lock in to the motorik groove of new single “Ex Future”, before giving way to the kind of stomping chorus that Adams has always done so well… The video was created by Tom Crawford, and features a host of google-eyed monsters gyrating over a series of abandoned homes and industrial complexes.”
Steven Adams and The French Drops start their UK tonight at The Castle in Manchester. Check them out across the North of England and Scotland over the next week, with a London date at Boston Music Room on Wednesday 16 May. More info here.
Anger seldom sounds as enticing as it does on Virtue Signals. It is an album that rails against the iniquities of the world and meshes the personal with the political, without ever smacking the listener around the head. Adams (former songwriter/singer/guitarist with The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams) can’t help but be witty and empathetic even as he rages, and the fury is wrapped inside his characteristically sweet melodies.
Virtue Signals captures the sound of a band finding “its own thing”. Laurie Earle (Absentee, Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, Wet Paint) plays guitar with a loose, intuitive touch; Michael Wood – who had played bass with The Singing Adams – switches to keyboards here, while Daniel Fordham (drums) and David Stewart (bass) from The Drink complete the band.
Following a few years of performing and recording solo (see 2014’s House Music and 2016’s Old Magick), Adams says he wanted to put together “a band where everyone was following their noses. I’ve been calling the shots for ages now, and now I can lean on these people, make more noise. It’s fair to say we share a lot of the same thoughts and feelings about the state of the world. But mostly we talk about food.”
Though the band worked on the songs for several months, the album was recorded in a little over a week, in September 2017, at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge. It was produced by Ben Nicholls, who plays with Nadine Shah, Cara Dillon, and many others, as well as helming his own Kings of the South Seas project. Adams was initially ambivalent about having a producer on board, but “Ben’s head is full of music. He came to a rehearsal and started making the occasional suggestion about songs and arrangements. At first we were a bit freaked out, but everything he suggested worked. In the studio he was in charge, which was oddly liberating.” The album was then mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell.
It’s over 16 years since Adams started making music with The Broken Family Band [actually Hoffman came first and were probably better – pedantic and opinionated Editor], generating critical acclaim with each subsequent release and maintaining a dedicated cult following ever since. So, all these years later – having been called a national treasure enough times to fill a pirate’s chest, without ever having become an actual pop star – why does Steven Adams still do it? “I write songs and I play them and I try not to overthink it or to feel reliant on this for anything other than what it is; sounds, words, feelings, and an excuse to hang out with good people. That’s virtue signaling, in case anyone asks.”
Praise for previous Steven James Adams album Old Magick

“It’s pleasing, this time, to hear Adams sing unadorned and less accompanied; it lets the melody run uncluttered and those brilliant lyrics step forward.” Q 4*s

“Funnier than most sitcoms.” Mail on Sunday 4*s

“Barbed, modern-life chronicles.” Uncut

“You’d struggle to find a British songwriter of the last 15 years who’s had such consistently good reviews.” The Guardian

Pre-order Virtue Signals here:
Steven Adams & The French Drops
Virtue Signals
1. Bad Apples
2. Paul
3. Ex Future
4. Last Centurys Man
5. Imprinted
6. Wolves
7. A Joke
8. Free Will
9. Desire Lines

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