Welsh rock squad THOSE DAMN CROWS wear their heart on their sleeves with the release of their deeply personal and moving new single, This Time I’m Ready. The song lays bare intense feelings around loss and grief, in the group’s most revealing and vulnerable track yet, while losing none of the rock heft they’re renowned for.
The single forms the midpoint on their upcoming, latest studio album, Inhale/Exhale, which is set for release worldwide on February 17th, 2023 via Earache Records. This Time I’m Ready is released today and available now on all streaming platforms.
Frontman Shane Greenhall shares, “This Time I’m Ready is a song about a one way conversation I have with my Dad. He’s been gone 11 years now but as anyone who’s ever lost and grieved somebody close, you never stop talking to them as they were (and will continue to be) a huge part in your life.
I think the whole grieving process can be both mentally and emotionally brutal, with long lasting effects. Everyone deals with pain and grief differently; I believe it’s made me stronger and genuinely given me more incentive and desire to go do the things I want to do… ‘This time I’m ready, light the fire in me.’
The official video was filmed and directed by Nathan Roach (Coal Poet Media) with additional filming by Shaun Hodson of Loki Films. Watch the evocative video below.
Shane continues, “In the music video, myself, Lloyd, Dave, and Ronnie show our own personal stories and individual truths dealing with the loss and grief of our loved ones.
For me… I believe that if I hadn’t experienced real loss in my life when I did, I’m not really sure if I would’ve been consciously capable of living my best life now. You don’t imagine what life would be like without a certain someone in it, but when it happens… then!… then you realise just how much we take for granted.
Trauma will change you; grief will give you a perspective like nothing else, relentlessly force-feeding you the conflicting reminder of just how brutal, yet beautiful, life can be.”
For support with or more information on bereavement, you can access a useful list of resources on the Mind website.
Recently, THOSE DAMN CROWS announced a string of UK headline shows in February 2023. The tour kicks off with an album release day party at the Key Club in Leeds. Special guests are yet to be announced. Tickets are on sale now. With some dates already selling out, snap up tickets while you still can
Those Damn Crows February 2023
- Fri 17th Feb – LEEDS Key Club
- Sat 18th Feb – MANCHESTER Academy 3
- Sun 19th Feb – NEWCASTLE Riverside
- Tue 21st Feb – GLASGOW The Garage
- Wed 22nd Feb – BRADFORD Nightrain
- Fri 24th Feb – LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
- Sat 25th Feb – SWANSEA Arena
THOSE DAMN CROWS has gone from strength to strength since achieving an official UK Top 15 Album with their second record Point Of No Return , even winning Bridgend Mayor’s Annual Citizenship Award in recognition of bringing the community together via their popular regular videocast, CrowCast.
In between their main stage slot at Download Festival 2022 and selling out headline shows at the likes of Cardiff Castle, THOSE DAMN CROWS have created a new album that elevates their signature hard-hitting rock to dizzying new heights. Inhale/Exhale whips up a storm of atmospheric hard rock that sees Shane‘s trademark rousing lyricism delivered with molten-smooth melodies and ever-passionate emotion, backed by drummer Ronnie Huxford‘s earth-quaking percussion, guitarists Ian “Shiner” Thomas and David Winchurch‘s twin-attack of rampaging riffs and glacial auras, and bassist Lloyd Wood‘s juddering bass thunder.
Inhale/Exhale was recorded at the picturesque Vada Studios (built within a 13th Century chapel amongst 20 acres of rural Warwickshire) and in the beating heart of their Welsh homeland at Giant Wafer Studios, with producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Monster Truck, Bury Tomorrow) and mixer Phil Gornell (Bring Me The Horizon, 5 Seconds Of Summer, You Me At Six) capturing this next evolution of the band.
Inhale/Exhale is available for pre-order worldwide now at earache.com/thosedamncrows on an wide array of formats including: a collector’s edition bundle (which will house a burnt orange and black splatter vinyl with alternate fire carousel cover, exclusive to this edition); limited edition coloured vinyl with an exclusive 12-page booklet (clear with black smoke, purple, yellow), plus blue and white splatter vinyl with alternate blue sky carousel cover; signed CD with exclusive 12-page booklet and alternate fire carousel cover; a cassette collection of the band’s full discography; USB; and digital download. HMV carry two more exclusive formats: CD with alternate blue sky carousel cover and black vinyl with alternate fire carousel cover. A green vinyl format exclusive to indie stores is also available.
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