The Leisure Society have premiered a video for the single, “Tall Black Cabins”, “Tall Black Cabins” is the first single off The Fine Art Of Hanging On, due to be released in North American, April 28 on Full Time Hobby.
Of the single & record, songwriter Nick Hemming, stated, “I took a visit to Hastings and I noticed several tall black cabins – these structures are used by local fishermen for drying their nets. Theirs is a small and shrinking industry, but they have a passion for their trade and keep it going, even though it’s not always financially viable. We recorded the album onto analogue tape at Konk studios and mastered it at Abbey Road Studios. We wanted to make the best record we could, so despite the expense we crafted it in this way – not for money, but for the love of making it.”
Alongside an audible new creative peak, tied together by a distinct theme, The Leisure Society’s prior trademarks are still present – namely Hemming’s intensely personal and honest lyrics which adorn the band’s warm, timeless blend of pop and folk.
“The Fine Art Of Hanging On is a recurrent, linking theme, although this wasn’t an intentional concept album,” explains Hemming. “It’s about clinging to something – be that a relationship, a career, or life itself.”
“All the way through writing the album a friend of mine was battling cancer. I reached out by sending him the rough demos. By giving him this access to the work in progress and by him giving feedback, we formed a close bond. Sadly he lost his battle, but his input and presence is there in the album.”
The closing track, “As The Shadows Form” is a song explicitly about death – intentionally sequenced as a poignant and literal ending – “a full stop” – as Hemming describes it.