Gentle Sinners in Leeds
Left Bank, Leeds
Saturday 17th September 2022, £16.00
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Today, Gentle Sinners - the new project from Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and James Graham (The Twilight Sad) - share a second taster of their incoming debut album, These Actions Cannot Be Undone. It's released this Friday digitally and on CD, with a vinyl edition to follow in September, via Rock Action.
It's the album's cathartic, rousing finale 'Landfill' seeing release today - built from rolling, toppling drums and flashes of synths and strings as atop it all layers of intersecting vocals from Graham explore addressing your mental health head on and the conflicting emotions it can bring 'Pull yourself together' he declares repeatedly and emphatically, while equally confessing, 'you're an accident waiting to happen.
Of the track's genesis, Graham offers: My mental health was at the worst its ever been. It was starting to physically manifest and for, the first time in my life, I needed medication to help me. I had resisted it for years as I thought I would be failing my family, but that was so wrong of me. There should be no stigma in seeking medical help for your mental health. I wanted to address those stigmas. I wanted to address the anxieties about asking for help. I grew up in a society where talking openly about mental health was something that just didnt happen.
People who were brave enough to speak about their problems were instantly judged. That needs to change. The brain is an organ just like any other part of your body and will react to stress like any other organ or muscle. Realising it wasnt my fault and that there is no shame was a massive thing for me. This song is the manifestation of those feelings.
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