[Cover photo credit to Jim de Whalley]
Earlier this month, British band The Luka State announced their forthcoming album More Than This, set for release on March 10, 2023 via Thirty Tigers, and shared the album’s title track. Now the group have shared the song’s accompanying music video, which features live footage from the band’s recent North American headline tour.
‘More Than This’ is a song about the tragedy of a young single mum I was delivering food parcels to during lockdown. She did everything she could for her boys, working 2 jobs a week to put food on the table, but she was let down by the system. Our record label gave us a budget for the video but we thought it would be more fitting to donate towards The Trussell Trust, the largest food bank charity in the UK. It’s a subject that’s very close to our hearts so we want to put our money where our mouth is and donate. The little lad in the video and on our album cover is from our home town Winsford. We wanted to show the reality of working class towns like ours so we photographed him in front of one of the permanently shut shops on one of the estates.The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks, provides emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. The Luka State are also hosting a fundraiser for The Trussell Trust. You can look here for more details and to donate. The video was directed by the band’s regular collaborator, Jim de Whalley. The Luka State ‘23 UK/EU Tour Dates: 03/23/23 – Birmingham, Rainbow 03/24/23 – Bristol, Crofters 03/25/23 – Southampton, Heartbreakers 03/31/23 – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club 04/06/23 – Aberdeen, Tunnels 04/07/23 – Dundee, Church 04/08/23 – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut 04/12/23 – Hamburg, Hakken 04/13/23 – Cologne, Helios37 04/14/23 – Berlin, Maschinenhaus 04/15/23 – Amsterdam, Paradise Bitterzoet 04/21/23 – Manchester, Academy 3