It may indeed be High Pressure Days for W. H. Lung, as they prepare for their debut headline US tour & ready their third full-length LP. Ahead of their journey across the States they offer a taste of the sound that's garnered them a reputation as one of the best live bands in the UK. Eagle-eared gig goers might have noticed the song sneak into the end of W. H. Lung's live set of late, already bedding in as a firm favourite.
Originally released in 1979 by San Francisco synth-punk The Units, High Pressure Days has always felt adjacent to W. H. Lung's contemporary take on electronic pop, their cover is a satisfying homage that slips comfortably amongst the band's previous output.
Recorded in the band's new Salford studio Futuro House, started with local pals The Orielles & the track's co-producer Lewis Johnson-Kellett, they've crafted a bustling downtown of modulor synths & wayward guitars.
The video, shot in Manchester in a day, sees singer Evans trapped in the corporate rat race - Evans & director Craig Mclaughlin said on the concept: ”The video follows the cyclical white-collar nightmare of Mr. Everyman-office-worker, as he navigates through high pressure days. His life is as stressful as it is banal until an ethereal figure on his computer screen offers him a chance for psychedelic salvation.”
W. H. Lung will play an intimate warm up show for the US dates at Partisan, Islington mill on 14th September, alongside Special Guests, Dee Rae & Adjustments, raising funds for Partisan Collective.
W. H. Lung Live Shows 2023
8th September - Down at the Abbey Festival, Reading
14th September - Partisan Fundraiser w/ Special Guests, Dee Rae & Adjustments
23rd September - Float Along Festival, Sheffield
28th September - New York, Le Poisson Rouge
29th September - Philadelphia, Milkboy
3rd October - Detroit, Lager House
4th October - Chicago, Empty Bottle
5th October - Milwaukee, Cactus Club
8th October - Seattle, Barboza
9th October - San Fransisco, Rickshaw Stop
12th October - Los Angeles, The Echo