We all know the famously prickly Bernard Butler through his blistering, howling guitar that perfectly complemented bandmate Brett Anderson’s street tramp yowl in the first incarnation of Suede. After splitting with the band in 1994, he collaborated with a motley crew of talents, notably David McAlmont, as well as releasing two solo albums at the tail-end of the decade. Later, Butler reconciled with Anderson to form a one-off band, the Tears, which captured their former chemistry better than one could have hoped. But, for the most part, Butler has concentrated on being one of the most sought after producers out there. He has been working with an impressive roster of young talent, including the Libertines, Duffy, and Teleman, and the list seems to be growing by the day.
Last year, the man with the golden touch formed a new band called Trans. Jackie McKeown (the Yummy Fur, the 1990s), Paul Borchers (also a brilliant illustrator), and Igor Volk (New Young Pony Club) joined Butler to bring some life to a few improvised sessions at London’s Studio 355. In October, the band released the ‘Red‘ EP, the first in a series of EPs they will release for Rough Trade. The NME has just confirmed that the follow-up to ‘Red,’ titled ‘Green,‘ will be released March 10. The four-track collection will feature a different short film for each track. You can watch the video for ‘Thinking About A Friend’ below, and watch the other clips on the official Trans YouTube channel. The three other tracks are titled ‘The Prince,’ ‘Lights,’ and ‘Tangerine.’ The videos share the same sort of organic DIY ethic as the music. The Trans channel also includes the four tracks from their 2013 release, ‘Red.’
In addition to the EP, Trans have announced a UK tour in February and March. Check below for the dates.
February 15 – London, Bussey Building
March 6 – London, The Lexington
March 7 – Bristol, Exchange
March 8 – Brighton, Green Door Store
March 13 – Glasgow, Centre For Contemporary Arts
March 14 – Hebden Bridge, The Trades Club
March 15 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
March 20 – Liverpool, Shipping Forecast
March 21 – Manchester, Ruby Lounge