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Van Houten

Leeds shoegazers Van Houten announce debut album 'The Tallest Room' via Clue Records with new single 'Never Did Come Back'.

Van Houten have shared new single 'Never Did Come Back' and announced their debut album 'The Tallest Room' due March 22nd 2024 via Clue Records / EMI North.

Founded on seven years of friendship through times thick and thin and a shared obsession with exploring the fuzziest, far-out corners of 90’s guitar music, Leeds-based sextet Van Houten are ready to show us what they’ve been busy cooking up after being branded a BBC 6 Music's artist tip of the year… 

Vocalist & guitarist Louis Sadler pens

“Never Did Come Back is probably my favourite song we’ve written to date. Lyrically I feel like it says a lot without saying much at all and the simplicity of the instrumental feels really powerful. It’s definitely the song from our new record that we feel identifies us best as a band.

It comes from a dark place, talking about the seemingly inescapable sinking that I’ve felt while battling mental health issues. I’d say that If you only listen to one Van Houten song then make

it this one...“ 

Seven years in the making, ‘The Tallest Room’ is worth the wait. Having enlisted the ears and ideas of producer Alex Greaves (bdrmm, Working Men’s Club, Bloc Party), the album is a captivating melting pot of eclectic influences, conflicting emotions and earworm hooks that celebrates the journey the band have been on and looks forward to the future with optimism, whatever it may hold.

Within this full length lies an honesty & vulnerability that all can find solace in as Sadler discloses

“our debut feels like the first real milestone in our musical journey. For us, this record represents a new beginning  as a band and also me personally. Over the past couple of years while we’ve been writing I’ve gone through some massive changes that have really sculpted my outlook and it’s naturally bled into our music… It’s about gaining perspective, moving forwards and while it acknowledges darker experiences & feelings, it’s ultimately about moving on.“

Their returning single has found the band played more and more heavily across BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, featured in Spotify UK’s New Music Friday and lauded by tastemakers including So Young & Far Out, Van Houten will be at last releasing their debut album on March 22nd 2024 via Clue Records / EMI North and is available to preorder now

Released on baby pink vinyl, the album is also available as a special ‘Dinked’ baby blue edition release which will include exclusive new versions of 'Only Wanna Be With You’ & ‘Panoramic View’ and a VH balloon, limited to 400 copies. 

Van Houten will be heading on a headline tour in March and April 2024.

Live Dates:

26 JAN | The Windmill, London

29 MAR | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

02 APR | The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

04 APR | Hare & Hounds | Birmingham 

05 APR | The Bodega, Nottingham 

06 APR | YES, Manchester 

12 APR | Play Brew Co, Middlesbrough

13 APR | King Tuts, Glasgow 

03 MAY | The Boileroom, Guildford w/ The Orielles

04 MAY | Wanderlust Festival, Southampton 

05 MAY | Portland Arms, Cambridge 


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