New Video: Bambara Teams Up with Palberta’s Ani Ivry-Block and Public Practice’s Drew Citron on the Brooding and Atmospheric “Sing Me to the Street”

Throughout the course of this nine-plus year history of this site, I’ve spilled quite a bit of virtual ink covering long-time JOVM mainstays Bambara. Last year, the Brooklyn-based trio — brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh and their childhood friend William Brookshire — released their critically applauded third, full-length album Shadow on Everything. Sonically, the album’s material was a decisive and new direction for the band: the material found the band moving away from the noise rock and punk rock of their previously released material — 2013’s DREAMVIOLENCE and 2017’s Swarm — to incorporate a more Western Gothic-inspired take on punk rock and while still centered on their tight and forceful rhythm section, the album had the band place Reid Bateh’s vocals at the forefront, symbolically placing the damaged characters and seedy locales of his lyrics on center stage. And in some way, it captures something wholly and uniquely American.

While Shadow on Everything was constructed around one central narrative with each of its songs sort of functioning like chapters in a novel, the band’s fourth album Stray, which is slated for a February 14, 2020 release through Wharf Cat Records, plays more like a short story collection, featuring a group of inter-related characters, set in the band’s native Georgia. Interestingly, Stray‘s second and latest single is the slow-burning  David Lynch soundtrack-like “Sing Me to the Street.” The brooding and meditative song features an atmospheric arrangement of shimmering and swirling synths, a sinuous baseline, Blaze Bateh’s metronomic drumming. Interestingly, while continuing a run of material centered around Reid Bateh’s moody and dramatic baritone, Palberta‘s Ani Ivry-Block and Public Practice’s Drew Citron’s harmonies serve as an ethereal counterpart, giving a brief glimpse of gorgeousness through the gloom. Many of the Stray‘s characters are named, like the album’s hard charging and explosive “Serafina” but as the band’s Reid Bateh explains in press notes, he used a different approach for “Sing Me to the Street,” ‘”Sing me to the Street’ is about loneliness, isolation, and the dreamy allure of chaos. The song follows an unnamed character wandering the streets of a vast city that feels both alive and abandoned, as he attempts to silence the persistent song of oblivion singing in his head.”

Co-directed by Will Hart and Bambara, the recently released video for “Sing Me to the Street” was filmed by Will Hart, and the video captures and evokes the loneliness and unease of an enormous city at night — and it does in a way that feels indebted to film noir and French New Wave cinema.

Bambara will be touring to support Stray. The US leg of the tour starts on February 19, 2020 at Washington DC’s Union Stage and includes a March 21, 2019 headlining stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band will then spend a month touring across the UK and EU. Check out the tour dates below.


Tour Dates – US
2/19/20 – Union Stage – Washington, DC
2/20/20 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
2/21/20 – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT
2/22/20 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
2/24/20 – Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
2/25/20 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
2/26/20 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
2/27/20 – PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI
2/28/20 – Sleeping Village – Chicago, IL
2/29/20 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
3/3/20 – The Sunset – Seattle, WA
3/4/20 – Fox Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
3/5/20 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
3/6/20 – Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
3/7/20 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
3/9/20 – The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
3/10/20 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
3/11/20 – Barracuda – Austin, TX
3/12/20 – Ruins – Dallas, TX
3/13/20 – Hi Tone (Small Room) – Memphis, TN
3/14/20 – The High Watt – Nashville, TN
3/15/20 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
3/17/20 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC
3/21/20 – MHOW – Brooklyn, NY
Tour Dates – UK & EU
5/5/20 – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh, UK
5/6/20 – Stereo – Glasgow, UK
5/7/20 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK
5/8/20 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
5/9/20 – The Sound House – Dublin, UK
5/11/20 – Yes (Pink Room) – Manchester, UK
5/12/20 – The Exchange – Bristol, UK
5/13/20 – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff, UK
5/14/20 – The Bullingdon – Oxford, UK
5/15/20 – Bodega Social Club – Nottingham, UK
5/17/20 – Portland Arms – Cambridge, UK
5/18/20 – Hare and Hounds – Birmingham, UK
5/19/20 – The Dome – London, UK
5/21/20 – De Zwerver – Leffinge, Belgium
5/23/20 – London Calling Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands
5/25/20 – Bumann & Sohn – Cologne, Germany
5/26/20 – Molotow Musikclub – Hamburg, Germany
5/27/20 – Urban Spree – Berlin, Germany
5/28/20 – Sunny Red – Munich, Germany
5/29/20 – Kulturclub Schon Schön – Mainz, Germany
5/30/20 – Trix Bar – Antwerp, Belgium
6/1/20 – Rotondes – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
6/2/20 – L’Aéronef – Lille, France
6/3/20 – L’Espace B – Paris, France