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Having unleashed new single Shields back in April, Newcastle three-piece Sid Bano today unveil a video to accompany the track.

The trio are well known in the region’s music scene, largely thanks to their work in other well-respected acts including Spacehawke (Ian Lake Cowie), Slurs (Fintan Dawson) and Slow Decades (Ben Lowes-Smith), but Sid Bano’s urgent brand of visceral rock is making waves on its own terms.

Shields is, according to Ian, not so much about the local area but rather “about the forgotten soul of society, or something like that.” He comments further: “Having lived abroad for almost 10 years and returning to the UK the most striking thing I’ve noticed about towns on both sides of the river is the social decay. I’m from Scotland and this is also true in towns outside city centres.”

The black and white video was made during lockdown and depicts the shuttered up parts of the region alongside portraits of contributors to the track, making for a poignant experience. It’s a soulful and melancholic song which is tender and understated, with lyrics which seem strangely prescient.


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