The Subways have revealed the new 8-bit animated video for Love Waiting On You.  The track will feature on their new album Uncertain Joys which will be released ahead of a Manchester gig at Gorilla.

The gig in Manchester is the opening date of their rescheduled 8 show UK tour.  They will also be headlining at Stoke’s Sugarmill, King Tuts in Glasgow and London’s Scala.

Alongside the video, The Subways have also revealed new B side Sign of Scorpio.

New 12-track album Uncertain Joys will be released on 13 January 2023.

Speaking about the new 8-bit game style video, Billy Lunn said, “When Neil (Whitman) initially presented us with the concept of the video as an 8-bit platform-style video game, our drummer Camille cleverly proposed that, given how the song is so obviously about yearning, why not instead have the rescuer and rescued gender roles reversed to change things up.

“I saw myself as the Princess Peach character, with the love of my life (about whom the song is written) being my rescuer, fighting through the various obstacles and antagonists along the way. The sense of isolation, helplessness, and vulnerability within the song now made all the more sense to me.

“Whilst it’s not always correct to assume that one person should come to the rescue of another in a relationship, my belief in the hopelessly romantic/pathetic notion that lifelong soul mates do in fact exist is woven into the very fabric of my being. And so, when at the end of the video my rescuer realises that it is only the will to love that is required to come to my aid, as opposed to having to fight through strife, battles, and failures, I knew that Neil understood the depth of my belief in this notion.

“Our protagonist is trapped in his virtual cell waiting for the female heroine (the princess) to come to his rescue,” adds director/animator Neil Whitman. “I had great fun designing the band members as 8-bit characters as well as designing the princess and various levels for our heroes to venture through. Setting the game in mediaeval times helped me to subvert the usual tired traditions of the prince rescuing the princess and play around with audience expectations.”

When do The Subways headline at Manchester’s Gorilla?

The Subways headline at Gorilla, Manchester on 26 January 2023.  The Manchester gig is one of eight UK dates they are headlining:
26 January   –   Manchester, Gorilla
27 January   –   Stoke, Sugarmill
28 January   –   Sunderland, Independent
29 January   –   Glasgow, King Tuts
1 February   –   Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
2 February   –   London, Scala
3 February   –   Brighton, Chalk
4 February   –   Cambridge, Mash

image of The Subways courtesy Laura Lewis