Body Type today share their new single and video for ‘Stingray’. The track was premiered via Ladygunn overnight and is taken off their forthcoming release EP2 out May 3 via Partisan Records / Inertia Music.Watch ‘Stingray‘ HERE.
Of the song, vocalist and guitarist Sophie McComish shares, “Georgia has a deck of animal tarot cards – I was doing a reading for my lover and pulled out the Stingray. Despite having no backbone (all cartilage, like a shark), the stingray is a powerful creature that can blend into its surroundings but delivers a nasty attack when provoked. This is a song about observing my friends being stuck in relationship ruts and trying to shake them out of it, reminding them of their power to sting and swim away gracefully.”
The track’s accompanying video directed by long-time friend and collaborator Nicholas Griffith, pays tribute to the news of Freckle, a stingray at Sydney Aquarium who had given birth despite having had no male contact for 9 years. McComish continues, “I saw parallels between her story and the theme of the song itself – Freckle is an inspiration for everyone in dead end relationships – so Nick and I decided she should be the star of this video.” Griffith adds, “It was great to be able to work on a location that gave so many different opportunities to capture unique shots. Every room had its own characteristic from glowing sci fi jellyfish tubes to warped and watery walls.”
Using a 90’s handy-cam footage along with iPhone footage, the video draws a blurry line between the sea creature enclosures and the glass screens that permeate this era of iPhone-dependency (and its associated shortcomings). “So much of life these days is viewed through some kind of MAN-made lens”, says McComish,“but Mother Nature likes to remind us that no matter how hard we try to conquer her, she has the ultimate power to fuck shit up again like when weird ass creatures like stingrays have immaculate conceptions.”
‘Stingray’ is the first track lifted from the bands forthcoming release EP2 and follows the bands debut self-titled EP in 2018 out via Partisan Records/Inertia Music, Consisting of radio favourites ‘Ludlow (Do You Believe In Karma?)’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Palms’ and ‘Teeth‘, the release received critical acclaim from the likes of the FADER, DIY Mag, NME, KEXP, Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, triple j’s Declan Byrne and more.
The news of the new single and EP release also come ahead of the bands debut US tour starting this weekend. Alongside their debut headline shows in New York and Los Angeles this month, Body Type will play SXSW (Austin), Live At Leeds Festival (Leeds), Hit The North Festival (Newcastle), The Great Escape in Brighton and a run of headline dates across the United Kingdom before playing London Calling in Amsterdam this May. See full dates and details below.
‘Stingray‘ is out now via Partisan Records / Inertia Music, buy/steam it here.
BODY TYPE TOUR DATES
Mar 7 – Union Pool [Supporting Fontaines D.C] – NYC (SOLD OUT)
Mar 8 – Arlenes Grocery (3pm) [The New Colossus Festival] – NYC
Mar 8 – Union Pool [Supporting Fontaines D.C] – NYC (SOLD OUT)
Mar 9 – Berlin (7pm) [The New Colossus Festival] – NYC
Mar 11 – 16 @ SXSW, Austin
Mar 19 – Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles
May 4 – Live At Leeds Festival – Leeds, UK
May 5 – Hit The North Festival – Newcastle, UK
May 7 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK
May 8 – Yes – Manchester, UK
May 9-11 @ The Great Escape – Brighton, UK
May 12 – Eastbound @ The Sound House – Dublin, IR
May 15 – Moth Club – London, UK
May 16 – Crofters Rights – Bristol, UK
May 17 – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff, UK
May 18 – Heartbreakers – Southampton, UK
May 24 – London Calling – Amsterdam
LOVE FOR BODY TYPE
“Their self-titled EP is really a masterclass in lines that creep up on you and resonate.”
NME (The NME 100: Essential New Artists in 2019)
“This effortlessly cool Sydney quartet offer everything we want from indie-rock in 2019: lush guitar melodies, a willingness to mix things up, and a readiness to sing about feelings with feeling.”
Junkee Music (Ones To Watch)
“Sydney-based band Body Type make melodic garage rock with effortlessly cool vocals and guitars that will make you wish the summer could last forever”
“Body Type are an act that should be on everyone’s ‘in-rotation’ list, and if they’re not, well it’s probably a good time to add them in now. It’s bloody good, is the general theme here.”