The Luka State Are Two Worlds Apart

As the 10th March release of their eagerly anticipated second album More Than This approaches, The Luka State have gone from strength-to-strength with every track. The Winsford, Cheshire four-piece’s next step towards the album comes as they share the new track Two Worlds Apart with its official video. Set upon a blaze of chugging riffs and gritty melody, vocalist/guitarist Conrad Ellis narrates an unorthodox love song in which personal anxieties and small-town claustrophobia threatens a couple’s otherwise promising relationship.

The Luka State (Jim de Whalley)

The Luka State (Jim de Whalley)

Watch the video for Two Worlds Apart below:

Ellis says, “Two Worlds Apart is about the battle that we all find ourselves having with our own minds. Sometimes we can feel like two completely different people. This song is about that feeling, it’s about grabbing life with two hands and trying to take control of it in a much more positive way.

In working class towns like Winsford you don’t always get the same opportunities as others so you have to battle with yourself to find the positive. It’s that kind of experience that shapes us and the lyrics on our album”

The official video was directed by Jim de Whalley, who explains, “Having worked with the Bassist Sam on the album sleeve we really wanted to bring the story behind the boy to life. Frankie, a close friend of the band, a young boy nervously walking through one of the estates in Winsford really juxtaposes the innocence with the harsh.”

The Luka State - Rob Blackham

Two Worlds Apart joins the tracks More Than This, Stick Around, Bring Us Down, Oxygen Thief and Matter Of Fact in previewing the album. While those songs span the sonic spectrum from fiery full-throttle punk to anthemic indie-rock, they’re united by an uncompromising DIY spirit and themes which are unafraid to tackle issues – whether personal or political – head-on. Collectively the More Than This album into a snapshot of an alternative guitar band looking at the society around them and channelling their anger and frustration into a set that will resonate with fans of Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes.

The band – completed by lifelong friends Sam Bell (bass, vocals), Lewis Pusey (guitar) and Jake Barnabas (drums) – recorded the album with producers Dan Austin (You Me At Six, Pixies) and the GRAMMY® Award-winning Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse) at The Motor Museum in Liverpool.

The Luka State will celebrate the release of More Than This by embarking upon an intimate record store tour, which starts at The Electric Church in their hometown of Winsford, Cheshire. Later in March they will embark upon a European headline tour, highlights of which include a London show at Camden Assembly and their biggest Manchester show to date at the Academy 3. Expect their summer festival plans to be revealed soon.

Upcoming tour dates:

MARCH – RECORD STORE TOUR
10th – The Electric Church, Winsford
11th – Banquet Records, Kingston
12th – Rough Trade, Nottingham
13th – Crash Records, Leeds (signing only)
14th – Record Junkee, Sheffield
15th – Jacaranda, Liverpool

MARCH – HEADLINE TOUR
23rd – Rainbow, Birmingham
24th – Crofters, Bristol
25th – Heartbreakers, Southampton
30th – Camden Assembly, London
31st – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

APRIL – HEADLINE TOUR
6th – Tunnels, Aberdeen
7th – Church, Dundee
8th – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
12th – Hakken, Hamburg
13th – Helios37, Cologne
14th – Maschinenhaus, Berlin
15th – Paradise Bitterzoet, Amsterdam
18th – Supersonic, Paris
21st – Academy, Manchester

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