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Northumberland’s talented troubadour and flamboyant sound merchant, The Shooting Of (aka Paul Jeans), returns from a spell in the wilderness to drop his new video Forced To Pretend.

The single is the first release since 2017’s Captain Of My Soul and is the first taste of what’s to come from his upcoming album, Dragged Through The Streets. The track, which is an anthemic feast of synthed up, glam-rock gloriousness with notes of The Rolling Stones and Talking Heads, discusses Jeans’ ideas around conflicted meanings, imposter syndrome and feelings of powerlessness amongst the great injustices you might have (or might not have if it’s anything to do with the government) seen reported on the news. 

The accompanying video with all of its artistically understated effectiveness and slicked back sexiness, sees TSO donning a series of increasingly outlandish costumes that has him going from Kraftwerk to Queen to Roxy Music in the blink of an eye. Oh, and towards the end of the video, there are the most satisfying sax solos that your eyes and ears will have experienced since Lost Boys. 

Dragged Through The Streets will be released on 7th May via League Against Rubbish Records and is written, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by Jeans himself.

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