James today release Recover, the third single to be taken from their forthcoming album All The Colours Of You, a deeply personal track that seeks to find optimism out of the most horrible of personal experiences - the death of a loved one.
The song is in memory of Tim's father-in-law Savile Shela who died of COVID in the first wave of the pandemic last year. Deeply personal it references his request for Tim to sing Sit Down to him in his final hour - "your last call was a song" - but promises to honour him - "we will remember how to pass your spirit on."
Tim spoke about the meaning behind Recover and how his own experiences are universal - "This song is made and dedicated to all those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic or otherwise. It speaks to the waiting, the pain of not being able to be there when they pass and the gift of the love of their life."
The performance video that accompanies the song was premiered earlier this year as part of Everybody Belongs Here's Music Feeds festival.
All The Colours Of You is released on June 4 on CD, deluxe CD, four different vinyl, cassette and digital from the band's official store.
They play 2021 festival dates at Y-Not Festival (August 1), Lancaster Highest
Point Festival (September 2), Warrington Neighbourhood Festival (4),
Scarborough Open Air Theatre (9), Isle Of Wight Festival (17) and Benidorm
Visor Festival (18) before a UK and Ireland tour supported by Happy Mondays
calling at Leeds First Direct Arena (November 25), Birmingham Utilita Arena
(26), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (28), Glasgow Hydro (30), Dublin 3Arena
(December 1), Manchester Arena (3) and London Wembley Arena (4).
We also run the One Of The Three James archive, the most detailed resource for information about the band, and the site also has a Facebook and Twitter page.
TimBoothLyricADay, whose posts often lead to Tim explaining his thought processes behind the lyrics, can be found on Twitter and Facebook.