Recently, UK band All We Are released their full-length Sunny Hills via Double Six/Domino. Ahead of its release, the band shared videos for singles “Human” and “Animal” and today, they have shared “Dance” – the finale in their video trilogy. Directed by Eoin Glaister and starring Thomas Gray, the video for “Dance” shows the culmination of a town protesting a proposed motorway development, but perhaps not in the way expected.
All We Are are Guro Gikling from Norway (vocals, bass), Luis Santos from Brazil (guitars) and Richard O’Flynn from Ireland (drums/vocals). It hasn’t escaped them that the world seems to be spiraling into a period of darkness and through their music; they want to say it’s ok not to belong and it’s ok to feel different.
Produced by Kwes (Solange, Kano, Loyle Carner), Sunny Hills finds the band with a new sense of urgency and a new sound – one that takes in psychedelia, krautrock and post-punk. It’s an irresistibly danceable, dark yet uplifting record about what it means to be alive right now and the power of friendship and togetherness in a world intent on driving us apart.
Sunny Hills documents the emotional rollercoaster the three-piece have been on in the past two years. Their adopted city of Liverpool affected the album as well, it’s “an immigrant city with a proud history of welcoming everyone” they state, it’s also a singularly radical and resistant city and the band see a parallel between today’s climate of alienation and fear and the era of Thatcher.