Today, enigmatic South London band Tiña (pronounced ‘teen-ya’) return with a new video for their critically-acclaimed second single ‘Dip’, which came out via Speedy Wunderground earlier this year.
Filmed across London there are scenes of frontman Joshua Loftin wearing only his signature pink cowboy hat and shorts singing in the middle of a very busy Westminster Bridge, as well as the band performing on the night bus and more…
Loftin recently commented on the video in an interview with NME, saying “There’s a good shot of me running in my pink shorts and cowboy hat, nothing else, to the middle of Westminster Bridge with a microphone. It took about a minute for the police to come and tell me to get out of the road. Tourists were taking pictures and cyclists were shouting ‘go on, son!’”
Following a string of packed out London shows, Tiña are also set to play further shows over Spring / Summer 2020. Including:
April 8th – Bristol, The Louisiana, supporting Katy J Pearson
May 2th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Petes, Stag & Dagger Festival
May 5th – Manchester, Yes Club, Headline
May 15th – The Great Escape
May 16th – Leeds, Gold Sounds Festival
July 24th – France – Midi Festival
Formed around the burgeoning Brixton Windmill scene, Tiña is made up of members of an assortment of acts including Bat-Bike, Uncle Tesco and Pet Grotesque – the band features: Joshua Loftin (vox/guitar), George Rhys Davies (drums), Adam Cartwright (bass), Oliver R Lester (guitar) & Calum Armstrong (keys).
In the strong tradition of breaking their own rules and following in the footsteps of the 9-minute epic opus ‘Sunglasses’ from Black Country, New Road – ‘Dip’ is Speedy’s second ever digital-only single.
The band previously worked with the label, releasing their jangle-drenched pop song ‘I Feel Fine’ as part of the label’s 7” single series back in May 2019 – to much acclaim – garnering plays all over 6 Music + Radio X and being included on Rough Trade’s seminal Counter Culture Compilation at the end of the year.
The just-as-infectious ‘Dip’ sees Loftin applies his sweet falsetto on a song whose theme in his own words is a mantra to “keep on going.”
With a chorus that implores us that it’s ‘time to dance’ and alternatively ‘it’s time to die’ – this lyrical juxtaposition sits on a shimmering and summery musical bed, referencing lo-fi heroes Pavement as well as indie contemporaries like Real Estate and Parquet Courts.
On working again with Speedy label boss, producer Dan Carey, Loftin says, “Even in my state of anxiety and paranoia working with Dan is so fun and beautiful. His daughter’s dog is called Feta, and she makes you feel good to hold. I believe Dan has meditated all his life and he just pops into the studio to record before returning to his world of peace.”
The band plan to record more material with Speedy Wunderground with further details TBA in the near future.
Speedy Wunderground’s fourth singles compilation – ‘Speedy Wunderground – Year 4’ – is out now – featuring: Scottibrains, black midi, Squid, Black Country, New Road, All We Are, Alex Kapranos, Tiña, Treeboy & Arc and Sinead O’Brien.
SELECTED PRESS FOR TIÑA (ON ‘DIP’):
“Vocalist Joshua Loftin calls to mind the similarly melodic albums by Avi Buffalo as he sings of finding energy and hope in a city that can feel stacked against anyone wanting an easy life.” – The FADER
“We’re tipping Tiña for world domination this year.” – DIY
“An exciting year looms for Tiña.” – NME
“It’s groovy, calming guitar pop done right, and Loftin’s peculiar vocals set it apart from the entire pack.” – Paste
“‘Dip’ grows from the textured scrawl of ‘I Feel Fine’ yet still retains that keen eye for layered atmospherics and fretful notions of the world.” – So Young
“it finds them pulling from breezy indie pop, brainy art rock, and even a little shouty post-punk all in the same damn song.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Highly accessible and intrinsically unique” – The Line Of Best Fit
“both euphoric and timeless.” – The Most Radicalist