Okay, so, let me preface this piece with a brief introduction to The Riptide Movement. If you haven’t already heard of them, please keep reading, because they are, without a doubt, one of my favourite bands ever. For a start they’re the sole reason I started listening to Irish music, and without them, well, I would never have taken the time to listen to any other homegrown music, and thus, quite frankly, wouldn’t be on the career-path that I am now.
Tomorrow, Friday 26th, sees the release of the third single from their second album Keep on Keepin’ On, which came out in April of this year. They’ve taken an interesting route with this one; Without You isn’t perhaps what you’d consider as a ‘typical’ Riptide single. Here we have a slow rocker, complete with a crescendo of horns and infectiously foot-tapping drums. The single has a totally different sound to both the album version and the alternative acoustic take, which is a bonus track towards the end of the record. This is particularly good news if you’re anything like me and feel somewhat scornful towards the thought of buying a single that is essentially the album version, just somewhat repackaged.
The video is also a step in a, well, different direction for the band. It’s an intriguing little animation from Plastic Zoo and Scott Lockhart, which claims to be the first in a series, and I for one am rather curious as to what happens next. The more I watch it, the more I enjoy it; it reminds me stylistically of the illustrations in the old Frog and Toad books which I read thousands of times over as a child; utterly charming!
Check out the new video below, and then, if you’re around, make sure to pick up tickets to their biggest headline show yet at the Olympia Theatre on November 10th with support from another Dublin band, Dakota 66 who opened for the album launch at the Academy earlier this year, from Ticketmaster right here – I’m counting down the days!