London newcomers Calva Louise have unveiled the visuals for pulsating new anthem I Heard A Cry and announced plans for an extensive UK tour in March next year following the release of their debut album Rhinoceros on 1st February.
Having developed a fierce live reputation within London’s flourishing punk scene, the chaotic garage rockers have since earned support slots alongside the likes of Albert Hammond Jr, Spring King and Anteros and just finished an extensive UK tour with label-mates The Blinders.
In their newest cut, two minutes of boundless energy showcasing a band brimming with potential, the three-piece lay down a real marker and reinforce why they’ve received extensive backing throughout the online community (The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Dork) and across the airwaves (BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Radio X).
Discussing the visuals, frontwoman Jess Allanic stated: “The video begins with a group of actors rehearsing the 3rd act of the play Rhinoceros by Ionesco and the heated discussion between the director and the protagonist triggers the transformation of humans into rhinoceros”.
Commenting further on the concept, director Georges Hauchard-Heutte revealed: “I wanted to create a story where the two worlds of imagination and reality collapse, in a way we're not sure where the limits are. That's why we mixed animation and live footage. The wonderful work of Marion in drawing the animation gave life to the rhinoceros. We wanted to share hope coated in sadness, as Ionesco's play does, in order to respect this masterpiece author. The violence of the rhinos against the fragility of the gazelle was a beautiful way to do it”.
Produced by Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Goat Girl) and mixed by Tom Longworth (Catholic Action, The Vryll Society), Calva Louise’s I Heard A Cry is out now via Modern Sky Records and available on all digital platforms.
21 Feb – Opwijk, Nosta
23 Feb – 4AD Muziekclub, Diksmuide (supporting Death Valley Girls)
24 Feb – Cinetol, Amsterdam
02 Mar – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle
03 Mar – The Garage (Attic Bar), Glasgow
05 Mar – Oporto, Leeds
06 Mar – Night People, Manchester
07 Mar – The Lexington (BBC Intro), London
08 Mar – Jacaranda, Phase One, Liverpool
10 Mar – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
11 Mar – The Louisiana, Bristol
12 Mar – Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff
13 Mar – The Prince Albert, Brighton
16 Mar – Supersonic, Paris
Calva Louise is Jess Allanic (vocals, guitar), Alizon Taho (bass, backing vox), Ben Parker (drums, backing vox)