“Big and bold...a sit-up-and-listen debut” NME
"MOVIE are here to save indie...perfection" Noisey
"Short, sharp, smart...step this way for intelligent indie-funk" Guardian
"A huge promise" Sunday Times
"MOVIE are packing some seriously ravenous hooks. You bring the popcorn” Line of Best Fit
MOVIE have premiered the surreal video for new single ‘In Vain’, lifted from the forthcoming ‘Tusk Vegas’ EP (released February 23). This follows acclaimed debut single 'Ads' - which picked up support across Radio 1 (Zane Lowe's Next Hype, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart), 6Music (Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq) and XFM. Title track ‘Tusk Vegas’ (the video of which premiered before Christmas) has already received acclaim overseas, topping Triple J’s most played weekly tracks. Following packed-out shows at Club NME, The Old Blue Last and a UK tour with Flyte, the band will now launch their new EP with a headline date at Dalston Victoria on February 23.
Both warmly familiar and a breath of fresh air, 'Ads' earned South London trio MOVIE comparisons with the post-punk precision of Orange Juice, the urbane lyricism of Blur, or the glory days, noughties-Indie of Mystery Jets. The cowbell clatter of new single 'In Vain' twists an otherwise bleak image of unconditional love via a similarly floor-filling groove, with the video directed by the band themselves from the disused Tooting pub in which they live. Describing the clip, they write “the song is about futility – sexual, motivational and ultimately religious. We had a pretty strong sense of what the video should look like – such as the colours and not taking ourselves too seriously – and made it in a day in the living area of our pub. We wanted it to be aesthetically striking and funny, like many of the best things in life.”
MOVIE are Theo Spark (vocals/guitar), Jamie Stiby Harris (vocals/keys/guitar) and Ollie Tobin (bass): fresh from University and Art School, but friends since the age of 10. Lyrically, it's often self-deprecating but cocksure, by way of catharsis: elsewhere on their new EP, the muscular title track, ‘Tusk Vegas’, examines the emptiness of erotic fantasy, and the merging of pornographic voyeurism with real-life relationships. The heady psychedelia of 'In A Life', meanwhile, reworks a demo Jamie's dad recorded in the mid-60s, but had left lying around on a tape reel all these years. And closer 'Misty Windowpane' mutates a love of classic girl-groups via disco, its spiralling organ and crashing outro capturing MOVIE's overarching pick-and-mix approach to the great British pop acts through the last few decades. The results are infectious, contemporary and just as tongue in cheek as they are quietly, acutely observed: after the lights come up, this is a MOVIE you can believe in.
February 23 London Dalston Victoria Tickets