THE LUKA STATE share video for ‘Matter of Fact’ from new album ‘More Than This’ – out March 10th

The Luka State
Credit: Jim de Whalley

The Luka State share the music video for their recently-released, high-powered single “Matter of Fact,” taken from their forthcoming album More Than This – out March 10, 2023, via Thirty Tigers.

As we’ve heard on the recent singles “More Than This,” “Stick Around,” “Bring Us Down” and “Oxygen Thief,” ‘Matter of Fact’ sees The Luka State hitting the sweet spot that coexists between its anthemic hook, gnarly wall-of-sound guitars, and propulsive, driving energy – a mix that was realised with the help of the persistence and expertise of the Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse, U2).

In contrast to the social issues and single-minded defiance explored in The Luka State’s recent releases, ‘Matter of Fact’ sees Conrad Ellis confront his own weaknesses and vulnerabilities in relationships – and his searing delivery indicates that his lyrics come straight from the heart. The video shot in drummer Jakes’s house further highlights the band’s DIY ethic.

Conrad Ellis explains, “Sometimes when singing these kinds of songs in the studio I get into character to really find the emotion of the song. This video was so fun as I was able to bring that character to life. I always find that alongside a fantastic actor like Tilly Sutcliffe makes things a little bit easier! I hope people really enjoy the video as much as we did making it.”

The video’s director, Jim de Whalley adds, “I was inspired by the way “Matter Of Fact” depicts love in an almost claustrophobic manner. The video depicts one such evening when everything breaks down and the male protagonist is ruminating on how they got there and what they can do to turn things around.”

Watch ‘Matter of Fact’ – BELOW:

Still located in their small Cheshire hometown of Winsford, the band – completed by Sam Bell (bass, vocals), Lewis Pusey(guitar) and Jake Barnabas (drums) – share a brotherhood that triumphs over the struggles, grinding and endless touring that comes with the life of a rising band. That attitude is rooted in the life-long friendship between Conrad and Sam.

Highlights of The Luka State’s touring in 2022 including playing at Louder Than Life during their debut North American tour, as well as receiving a rapturous reception when they filled the tent at 2000trees. They will next hit the road in March for their European ‘More Than This’ headline tour. Tickets for the shows, listed below, are available HERE.

23rd – Birmingham, Rainbow
24th – Bristol, Crofters
25th – Southampton, Heartbreakers
30th – London, Camden Assembly
31st – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

6th – Aberdeen, Tunnels
7th – Dundee, Church
8th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
12th – Hamburg, Hakken
13th – Cologne, Helios37
14th – Berlin, Maschinenhaus
15th – Amsterdam, Paradise Bitterzoet
18th – Paris, Supersonic
21st – Manchester, Academy 3

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More Than This Track Listing

01.) Bring Us Down
02.) Oxygen Thief
03.) Losing Streak
04.) Two Worlds Apart
05.) Stick Around
06.) More Than This
07.) Matter of Fact
08.) Tightrope (Walking On A Wire)
09.) Swimming Backwards
10.) Metamorphosis
11.) Change
12.) Movies


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