Published on February 17th, 2020 | by Guest Editor0
Exclusive: USA premiere – Chainska Brassika reveal their video for anthemic single ‘Simple Things’
Chainska Brassika and Frank Harper have teamed up to release their infectious and unapologetically carefree new single ‘Simple Things’ on 6th March 2020. The music video for ‘Simple Things’ captures the essence of the dynamic 8 piece ska-reggae band’s contagious energy. Actor, film producer and ska reggae fan Frank Harper (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Bend It Like Beckham, Football Factory) has directed the video. He also lays down his distinctive vocals as spoken word over the bridge section of the lively and infectious anthem.
The single is a riotously refreshing ode to the uncomplicated things in life, a modus operandi that Chainska Brassika endorse wholeheartedly and with cheerful abandon. Chainska have a distinctive vibrance in their sound that combines sweet melodic vocals, rough lyrics with high energy ska rhythms and reggae passages soaked in magnificent brass lines.
Chainska Brassika collectively said “Our new single highlights the bare necessities that help us get through, core values like music and fellowship are what Chainska is all about. Reggae and ska have always been linked with protest and this track celebrates the alternative to all the complications. Simple things is about moving away from the issues, surpassing them and dealing with them in our own way. We can’t wait to showcase our UK sound to the American masses and hopefully gain their respect. Watch this space.”
Frank Harper added “I never thought that at my age I would be walking into a recording studio to perform on a track with such a talented group of young musicians. And then to be asked to direct the music video to ‘Simple Things’, capturing the energy of the band’s live performance and paying homage to the roots of the music that we all love and respect, resulted in one of my favourite days ever on a film shoot.”
Audiences across the UK have witnessed the band’s pulsating live show, which will debut in the US with two official showcase performances at the legendary SXSW 2020. Nine more UK dates will follow and take place across April to October this year, including the International Ska Festival in London and Ska Gate in Margate. Chainska have supported Madness, Toots and the Maytals, Gentlemen’s Dub Club and The Skatalites. The band have filled countless UK venues and mesmerised crowds at festivals including Glastonbury, Outlook, Hay Festival, Rototom Sunsplash, Valley Fest, European Reggae Festival, Jamaica and more.
Confirmed live dates:
14th – 18th March 2020 SXSW Official Showcase (15th March, British Music Embassy @Cedar St.
Courtyard & 17th March, Official SXSW Showcase @ Flamingo Cantina)
10th April London International Ska Festival, O2 Academy, Islington
12th April Quayside Music Festival, Weymouth
9th May Somerset Cider & Cheese Fayre
31st May The Great Estate Festival, Cornwall
3rd July SkaGate, Margate
26th July Fleur Fest, Didcot, Oxfordshire
6th – 8th August Buskers Bern Street Music Festival
22nd Aug Soul Circus, The Cotswolds
17th Oct Cowley Workers Club, Oxford
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