“Right To Be Here” is the latest single from Scottish indie rockers TLK. The track is confident, and defiant with a characteristic radio-friendly vibe. The single will be released on Friday 19th August and follows on from their previous single “Ruminations” which has been very well received. The band's new album “People Need Love” will be released on the 30th September on Ltd edition clear vinyl as well as across all digital streaming services.
In support of the album’s release, TLK we will be playing a set of tour dates as listed below.
- Saturday 15th October at The Arts Centre, Aberdeen (w/ Cairn String Quartet)
- Friday 4th November at The Tolbooth, Stirling
- Saturday 5th November at MacArts, Galashiels
- Friday 18th November at The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh (w/ Cairn String Quartet)
- Saturday 19th November at Bobiks, Newcastle
- Thursday 24th November at Drygate, Glasgow (w/ Cairn String Quartet)
- Friday 25th November at PJ Molloys, Dunfermline
- Saturday 26th November at The Hunter S Thompson, Dundee
The Little Kicks website: https://www.thelittlekicks.co.uk/
Right to Be Here is the new single by The Little Kicks and will be released on Friday 19 August 2022.
Speaking about the single, frontman Steven Milne said:
"Lyrically the song is about taking pride in yourself and being less afraid to put yourself out there and it was inspired by a particular incident. In 2017 the band were nominated as finalists for an award (“Best Musical Group”) with the chosen winners to be announced and presented to as part of a ceremony in the centre of Scotland. We deduced we likely wouldn’t win but having been invited to attend - and with a new album to promote - we decided to go along. After some awkward entrance photographs, drinks for courage and a sit-down meal it was time for the awards to start and we were first up. As our nominated name was read, I remember thinking maybe we COULD win, wouldn’t it be nice to WIN something
and if we did what on earth should we say. Then we lost to a funk band who had won the year before. No speech required.
I was surprised at how disappointed I felt, not bitterly, more suddenly very self-aware and wondering “Are we imposters in the room, sitting dressed up for no reason?” and I wanted to disappear. Nevertheless, we made a hell of a night of it, brushed it off and got through it.
However, for weeks after the event I had a weird unfamiliar feeling of rejection and an anger kept coming back to me. This incident, coupled with another set-back or two around that time, had me thinking “Why should we be overlooked?” while also wondering “Why do I care?”. I decided I wouldn’t let that feeling take hold and jotted down how I felt in words. While lyrically the song hasn’t really changed much since its early inception, the demos of the song were initially much more electronic. Over time the song morphed into what it is now – it’s intended to have an almost modern soul/ warm retro sound.
Citing things like Pastor T.L Burnett, Marvin Gaye, Durand Jones, Richard Swift and Michael Kiwanuka as production influences when we got to the studio, Paul really helped us achieve the feel we wanted. He knew exactly what we were trying to achieve and was great at listening to our suggestions while bringing his own expertise to the session and we are so proud to bring you the final results.”
The Little Kicks are a band from Aberdeen, Scotland.
Combining soaring vocal harmonies and infectious guitar hooks with the distinctive warmth of analogue synthesizers, The Little Kicks create an exciting melody-driven sound, as engaging on record as it is live.
Ruminations, the first new music from the band in five years with supporting video shot in Aberdeen’s iconic Bon Accord Baths was released in June 2022 to much acclaim.
Singles from The Little Kicks’ last LP "Shake Off Your Troubles" (released March 2017 to much critical acclaim) have received airplay on BBC Radio 1 (Greg James), BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne & Nemone) and BBC Radio Scotland while the band have also been invited to perform live sessions for the Vic Galloway, Ricky Ross, Roddy Hart and Janice Forsyth shows, as well as a Quay Session live from the BBC Scotland television studios at Pacific Quay, Glasgow.
"Across their catalogue, they have developed a sophisticated sound that is underpinned by outstanding live performances ... this is a band packed with talent and experience on an upwards trajectory. The best band on the night, it's easy to imagine The Little Kicks performing on bigger stages to larger audiences in the future." THE SKINNY