Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle, aka King Hannah have announced their debut LP I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me for February 25 via City Slang. The announcement is accompanied by the release of the new single ‘All Being Fine‘.
Snaking insiduously with a grooving bass line, percussion and a smoky yet sinister vocal, it comes across like the aural equivalent of the opening of David Lynch’s classic film ‘Blue Velvet‘, its a thing of slowly unfurling majesty. The video’s sun-drenched visual, directed by Whittle, is a perfect pairing, showcasing the band at their best: enigmatic, mysterious, but blackly humorous with it.
‘All Being Fine’ sets the stall for the rest of I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me. Written and then recorded with additional musicians Ted White, Jake Lipiec, and Olly Gorman in just eight months, the LP is a bold, memorable, even startling document of a dream shared, an ambition fulfilled and a vision realized. I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me is a clear indication this is the beginning of a long, fruitful journey for King Hannah.
The foundation of I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me lives in Merrick’s, Raymond Carver-Esque realism-inspired lyrics. Formed in 2017, the duo met waiting tables in Liverpool. Having seen Merrick perform years before and being serendipitously assigned to show Whittle the ropes at the new job, he immediately pestered her to play music with him. A writing routine was formed leading to their debut EP Tell Me Your Mind And I’ll Tell You Mine.
UK / EU TOUR DATES
30th Mar – De Kreun – Kortrijk
31st Mar – Pop Up du Label – Paris
1st Apr – KGB – Langenberg
2nd Apr – Badehaus – Berlin
3rd Apr – Brotfabrik – Frankfurt
4th Apr – Helios 37 – Köln
5th Apr – Hebebühne – Hamburg
7th Apr – Neues Schauspiel – Leipzig
8th Apr – Meetfactory – Prague
9th Apr – Chelsea – Vienna
10th Apr – Heppel & Ettlich – Munich
12th Apr – Arci Bellezza – Milan
13th Apr – La Clacque (La Tosse Theatre) – Genova
14th Apr – KIFF – Aarau
15th Apr – Bad Bonn – Düdingen
17th Apr – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam
18th Apr – Trix – Antwerpen
20th Apr – Oslo – London
21st Apr – Clwb lfor Bach – Cardiff
22nd Apr – Rough Trade – Nottingham
23rd Apr – Zanzibar – Liverpool
Photo Credit: Katie Silvester