Don’t Give Up On Me is the debut single from Living Body, a new project from Leeds-based Chicagoan sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Jeff T. Smith (Juffage), featuring longtime collaborators Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin, Sleater-Kinney, Wild Beasts), and Tom Evans (Vessels).
Originally recorded in the late 1990s by Empress, a Leeds band featuring members of Hood and Boyracer, the track was reworked by Living Body in January 2016. Don’t Give Up On Me will be released digitally in the US/CA on Landland and Kingfisher Bluez, and in the UK/EU on Barely Regal Records, with a full length LP to follow later in the year.
In July 2016, Living Body will embark on their first UK tour, augmented by new and additional live members Alice Rowan (Mayshe-Mayshe) and Sarah Statham (Esper Scout, Molars, Ecate). Expanding on from a solo project, Living Body has enabled Smith to explore a more immediate and direct approach to songwriting, further honing his uniquely inimitable patchwork of pop music with noise/drone forms. Their debut single, Don’t Give Up On Me, is dedicated to hope, optimism, and the European Union.
2016 Living Body tour dates:
July 23: Sheffield – Tramlines Festival
July 24: London – Old Blue Last
July 25: Brighton – Green Door Store
July 26: Derby – the Hairy Dog
July 27: York – City Screen Basement
July 28: Glasgow – Broadcast
July 29: Newcastle – Cluny 2
July 30: Sunderland – Pop Recs Ltd.
July 31: Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
August 1: Manchester – Fallow Cafe
released June 28, 2016
"Don't Give Up On Me" originally appeared on Empress' self-titled debut LP from 1998 on 555 / Pehr Recordings.
Reworked by Living Body in January 2016.
All instruments played & recorded by Jeff T. Smith, with:
Katie Harkin: Vocals
Tom Evans: French Horn
Mixed by Jeff T. Smith at the Bungalow
Mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering
Cover photo by Jenna Isherwood
Cover text by Dan Black at Landland
Released 28 June 2016 on Landland / Kingfisher Bluez / Barely Regal Recordings
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