William The Conqueror have unveiled a lyric video to their latest single The Puppet and the Puppeteer.

The track is taken from their upcoming album Excuse Me While I Vanish which is released on 28 July.  The single follow last month’s release Somebody Else.

The ten track Excuse Me While I Vanish is produced by the band and mixed by Barny Barnicott.  It features a host of vintage fear and instruments.

Speaking about the track frontman Ruarri said, “The Puppet and the Puppeteer could be a Jekyll and Hyde or Frankenstein’s monster story—about wrestling with or losing control of your creation—who controls whom.”  “I definitely feel like William has the upper hand sometimes.” Harry and Nae add, “It’s a favourite for us in our live shows. It deserves to be played loud, on a big sound system. You can bring the hustle, the mosh and the lighter sway to this party.”

Excuse Me While I Vanish, very nearly didn’t happen. Following the imposition of lockdown restrictions, Joseph found himself cocooned at home in Cornwall, ruminating on an uncertain creative future, watching on as his wife Mandy, a valiant mental health social worker, engaged with the all-too-real dilemmas of the pandemic-riven here and now. Her example motivated Joseph to become a temporary care worker, an experience which would provide renewed focus and influence the songwriting on the new album.

“My wife was insomniac for the first six months of lockdown, which made it impossible for me to moan or grieve the fact that everything I’d been working on for the last five years had come to a standstill. It was a much-needed perspective and made me realise what a selfish undertaking William had been – navel-gazing with my head in the clouds when what people needed was boots firmly on the ground, preferably on the feet of someone like Mandy.”

William The Conqueror are set to headline at string of UK dates later this year including Manchester’s Deaf Institute.

When do William The Conqueror headline at Manchester’s Deaf Institute?

William The Conqueror headline at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on 19 October 2023.  The Manchester gig is one of 10 UK dates they will headline:
6 October – Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
10 October – Exeter, Cavern Club
11 October – Brighton, Green Door Store
13 October – London, Lower Third
14 October – Bedford, Esquires
15 October – Sheffield, Yellow Arch Studios
17 October – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
18 October – Newcastle, Cluny 2
19 October – Manchester, Deaf Institute
22 October – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds