Blur drummer DAVE ROWNTREE shares the video for his new single ‘Devil’s Island’

Dave Rowntree
Photo Credit Paul Postle

Blur drummer DAVE ROWNTREE  shares the video for his new single, “Devil’s Island.” The track is lifted from his debut album, Radio Songs, set for release on January 20, 2023, via Cooking Vinyl.

Dave Rowntree on the Devil’s Island video:

“I was keen to work with Guy Gotto, who makes gorgeous and interesting video art. He visualized the song as a journey through a bleak but beautiful landscape. We decided to film along the narrow gauge railway from Hythe to Dungeness, which runs through some of the most desolate but dazzling landscape in the country. A vista of abandoned boats, lighthouses and drama. The drama reached fever pitch when we were thrown off the estate for not having a permit. A bleak end to a beautiful day.”

“I grew up in the UK in the 1970s and while there were definitely good points about the decade, I also remember how toxic it could be. The country was deeply divided, and racism and misogyny were the norm. The economy was a basket case, and at one point we had to be bailed out by the IMF [International Monetary Fund]. However, listening to some people, you’d think it was a golden age to which we should yearn to return.

“This song is a note to self, to remind me how far we’ve come in forty years.”

Watch the video for “Devil’s Island” below. It was shot on location in the UK, stretching from Hythe to Dungeness, Kent, with director Guy Gotto.



1. Devil’s Island
2. Downtown
3. London Bridge
4. 1000 Miles
5. HK
6. Tape Measure
7. Machines Like Me
8. Black Sheep
9. Volcano
10. Who’s Asking

Three solo headline UK shows are on sale now via

Dave Rowntree Live:
October 31st– The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
November 1st – Joiners, Southampton
November 2nd – Omeara, London

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