Britpop band Dodgy have been really busy of late. Below Clair Chapman fills us in with details about their latest release, a new single called ”ËœOnly A Heartbeat’.

Following the release of critically acclaimed album ”ËœStand Upright In A Cool Place‘, it transpires that along with a nationwide tour and a grand collection of festivals, Dodgy’s next move is to release a single. Taken from the album, ”ËœOnly A Heartbeat’ will be the second single release this year, and was written by frontman Nigel Clark in 2008, following the death of his older brother.

“I felt like I was open to everything. I was pacing round my studio and kept thinking about my heartbeat, and that when my heart stops I’m with him. It’s very cathartic, my answer to losing someone.”

The master tapes of the original album recording to were sent to Texas, to be revisited by Matt Pence who mixed the album with the band in the Summer of 2011. Drummer Mathew Priest says, “Matt has done a sterling job. We are really looking forward to the release of the single on 11th June.”

The song is a wonderful amalgamation of West Coast sounds and folk easiness, coupled with the kind of sway-along pop chorus that Dodgy are most loved for. The kind of song that, depending on the scenario, could either leave you breaking down for lost love, or holding your friends tight as you sway along at a festival. A real soul-grabbing winner.

The band have also spent time in Vale Studios to record new tracks to accompany ”ËœOnly A Heartbeat’ as part of an exciting package including artwork by Russell Hardman, and a short film.

Make sure you catch the new grown-up, but still loveable Dodgy at one of the following dates:

May 08 – Gardyne Theatre, Dundee
May 09 – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
May 18 – The Square, Harlow
May 19 – Lakefest, Tewkesbury
May 25 – Corn Exchange, Hertford
Jun 01 – Assembly Rooms, Derby
Jun 02 – Victorious Vintage Festival, Portsmouth
Jun 08 – The Full Moon, Newcastle Under Lyme
Jun 09 – Windsor Racecourse
Jun 10 – Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham
Jul 06 – The Court Theatre, Tring
Jul 07 – Nibley Festival, Dursley
Jul 08 – Brentwood Beer & Music Festival, Brentwood
Jul 20 – ARC, Stockton
Jul 21 – Lost Weekend, Rutland County
Jul 27 – Camp Bestival, Dorset
Jul 28 – Kendal Calling Festival, Hackthorpe
Aug 26 – Upbeat Festival, Poole
Sep 01 – Mersea Rally, Colchester

All words Clair Chapman. More Louder Than War pieces by Clair can be found here.

Dodgy’s website is here.

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