Today, iconic British duo Tears For Fears have released “No Small Thing,” the second single off their highly anticipated first studio album in seventeen years, THE TIPPING POINT, arriving February 25th, 2022 via Concord Records.
Written by both band members, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the guitar strums pull you in with its folk-like tone, but slowly morphs into controlled chaos, as Roland and Curt push the song’s sonics as far as they can go.
“In early 2020, Curt and I sat down together with just a couple of acoustic guitars. The first time in decades. We needed a meeting of minds, a coming together psychically. We were literally going back to the drawing board looking for some depth, heart and soul with which to complete our album. Curt came up with this simple folk/country riff, a little bit Dylan, a little bit Johnny Cash, and then we were off. It was the complete opposite of what we had been trying to do for many years – searching for the elusive, modern hit single. We felt suddenly unencumbered, free if you like, no longer worrying about the market, about success, but drawing on influences from our childhoods. It was at this point that the whole album started opening up. ‘No Small Thing’ was the key, the thing that turned a red light green.” Roland said.
“‘No Small Thing’ feels like it could have been a song from a seventies or sixties acoustic folk album with how the track starts. The fact that we felt confident enough to go from there to the end of the song to where it’s just absolute mayhem speaks to that sense of freedom, and that’s our comfort zone musically.” Curt added.
Inspired by the 1982 movie Koyaanisqatsi, the “No Small Thing” music video was made using solely found footage showing the conflict between individual freedoms and collective responsibility. Watch it BELOW:
In November, the band also announced THE TIPPING POINT WORLD TOUR, with support from Alison Moyet on the UK leg. See below for a full list of dates, and for tickets and more information, visit the band's website HERE.
TEARS FOR FEARS UK TOUR JULY 2022 WITH SPECIAL GUEST ALISON MOYET
July 1st Telford QEII Arena Telford, Shropshire
July 2nd Longleat House Warminster, Wiltshire
July 5th Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
July 7th Utilita Arena Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne
July 8th Floors Castle Kelso, Scotland
July 9th Lytham Festival Lytham St Annes
July 12th The Incora County Ground Derby, Derbyshire
July 14th Leeds Millennium Square Leeds, Yorkshire
July 15th Warwick Castle Warwick, Warwickshire
July 16th Scarborough Open Air Theatre Scarborough
July 19th Chewton Glen New Milton, Hampshire
July 20th The Spitfire Ground Canterbury, Kent
July 22nd The 1st Central County Ground Hove, Sussex
July 23rd Cardiff Castle Cardiff, Wales
July 24th Hatfield House Hatfield, Hertfordshire
July 26th Powderham Castle Exeter, Devon
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