Orphan Boy have announced their new single Beats Like Distant Tides, the first to be taken from their forthcoming third album, is due for release March 23rd via Concrete Recordings.

The band, Rob Cross (guitar/vocals), Paul Smith (bass), Chris Day (drums) and Sam Carlton (keyboards), had split in 2011 despite being tipped as heirs to the likes of The Smiths, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys, but reformed after Tom from the Enemy tweeted that he’s discovered a great band – Orphan Boy no less – and offered them a support slot in Manchester, giving the band a reason to start playing again.

Shot in and around their hometown of Cleethorpes, the music video for Beats Like Distant Tides epitomises the harsh atmosphere looming over Humberside through British wintertime. “The character is searching for something but ends up in a race against time to find it. The longer he tries the more unlikely and desperate his search becomes,” songwriter and vocalist Bob Orphan reveals of the video’s concept. “His search is a metaphor for a life spent searching for something that simply might not be there. We chose the scruffier end of the beach for the final scene because it is typically quite lonely there.”

Orphan Boy released their debut album, Shop Local, in 2008, followed by 2010’s Passion, Pain & Loyalty, both of which gathered radio support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, Jim Gellately, Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens. Beats Like Distant Tides is the first taste of Orphan Boy’s forthcoming third album, due for release in late spring 2015.

Having previously played alongside the likes of Babyshambles and The Sunshine Underground and having appeared at Glastonbury, the Secret Garden Party and Truck festivals, the band are set to embark on a string of dates through March and April, commencing at Manchester’s The Ruby Lounge on 14th March.

Support comes from hotly tipped Manchester band No Hot Ashes, who have just been confirmed for Kendal Calling 2015 and are also set to perform in Manchester at The Castle on 9th May.

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