London, England-based artist Tom Vek debuted his video for “Pushing Your Luck” today and the Paxi-directed, colorful and hypnotic clip can now be seen here (embed code is below): http://youtu.be/oPIU_1NzcAY. The song – Vek’s open message to the Internet age – is a droning, moody track that builds to dancefloor proportions and can be found on his third album Luck, which was released in the US on June 10, 2014 via Moshi Moshi Records.
Paxi’s 2nd video for Tom Vek emulates a giant fruit machine using a split screen and rolling footage, highlighting Tom’s multi-instrumentalism for the first time in one of his videos. Will you hit the jackpot? You’ll have to watch the hypnotic video to find out.
Following a two and a half week long UK tour, Vek will land stateside in late October for a run shows in New York and Los Angeles. He will perform at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY on October 20th; at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan on October 21st; and at The Echo in Los Angeles on October 23rd. A current itinerary is below.
Drawing on the modern anxiety of finding your place in a world saturated by information, Luck plunges the personal to deliver tracks that are sincere, angry and poignant. As ever, Vek delivers an album that eludes straightforward definition. As he puts it, the ‘garage rock for the pro-tools generation’ is alive and well, only now it is met with the grandest production and some of the biggest beats of his career. ‘There’s noise everywhere,’ Vek tells us, but with enough force we might return to a place of truth. Luck is the magnificent offering from an artist who has achieved the rare feat of preserving the seduction of youthful rebellion and marrying it with experience. It’s big, angry and impossible to ignore.
Over the course of his decade-long career, Vek has forged a reputation as one of London’s most enigmatic and exciting musicians. Breaking on to the scene with the attitude-spiked We Have Sound (2005), he channeled his homegrown musical prowess into a bastion of mid-90s electronic punk rock rebellion. His long awaited follow-up, Leisure Seizure (2011), was less raw but no less impactful.
Tom Vek tour dates:
SEPT. 1 DERBYSHIRE, UK Y NOT FESTIVAL
SEPT. 5-7 PORTMEIRION, UK FESTIVAL NO. 6
OCT. 3 FALMOUTH, UK PRINCESS PAVILION
OCT. 4 OXFORD, UK THE ART BAR
OCT. 6 SOUTHSEA, UK WEDGEWOOD ROOMS
OCT. 7 BRIGHTON, UK THE HAUNT
OCT. 8 MANCHESTER, UK MANCHESTER GORILLA
OCT. 9 GLASGOW, UK KING TUT’S WAH WAH HUT
OCT. 11 LEEDS, UK THE COCKPIT
OCT. 12 LIVERPOOL, UK THE KAZIMIER
OCT. 14 NOTTINGHAM, UK THE BODEGA SOCIAL CLUB
OCT. 15 LONDON, UK KOKO
OCT. 20 BROOKLYN, NY BABY’S ALL RIGHT
OCT. 21 NEW YORK, NY MERCURY LOUNGE
OCT. 23 LOS ANGELES, CA THE ECHO
NOV. 4 TOKYO, JA TSUTAYA O-NEST
“Pushing Your Luck” video: