Portishead’s Release New Video Of Their Cover of ABBA’s “SOS”
Portishead‘s cover of ABBA‘s “SOS” was featured in the recent film, High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel. The Ben Wheatley-directed movie stars Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, and Elizabeth Moss. The cover is Portishead’s first new song since 2009’s “Chase the Tear.” The band has just shared a music video, which ends with a quote from the recently killed British MP Jo Cox: “We have far more in common than which divides us.” Watch the video below. [via Pitchfork]
On the 18th of May 2008, Barrow expressed Portishead’s enthusiasm for recording new material on their official website’s blog, stating that he “can’t wait to write some new tunes”. On the 28th of September 2009, Barrow announced “big plans” for a new project with a new angle, hinting that an album could arrive as soon as late 2010. Whilst the album had yet to materialise, on the 9th of December 2009, the band released the song “Chase the Tear” for Human Rights Day to raise money for Amnesty International UK. Additionally, on the 3rd of December 2008, Universal Music Japan reissued the albums Dummyand Portishead in limited edition on SHM-CD.
During Summer 2011, Portishead performed at a number of festivals in Europe, including, Pohoda Festival, Exit Festival, Benicàssim Festival in Spain, Rock Werchter, Paleo Festival, Roskilde Festival, theHurricane/Southside Festivals in Germany, and the Super Bock Super Rock music festival. The band also headlined and curated the line-up for two All Tomorrow’s Parties music festivals entitled I’ll Be Your Mirror, in London at Alexandra Palace on 23 and 24 July. The second took place in Asbury Park, New Jersey from 30 September – 2 October. Portishead then visited several cities in North America, including New York, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Seattle, Vancouver, and Denver during October. The Chicago Tribune hailed the concert and noted: “horror-movie accents—Gothic organ, guitar lines thick with menacing reverb, spooky theremin—ensured a certain darkness”. They finished their tour with a jaunt to Australia and New Zealand. Barrow stated in a Rolling Stone interview that he would begin work on his portion of the album in January 2012, jokingly pointing out that it could be another decade before a new album is released.
In 2013 the band headlined the other stage at the Glastonbury Music festival and embarked on a European tour. In summer 2014, they played several concerts around Europe. 2015 saw Portishead continue to perform live, playing festivals such as fib (Benicassim, Spain), Latitude (Southwold, Suffolk, UK), and the Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, Switzerland). Additionally, Portishead produced a cover of ABBA’s song “SOS” for the soundtrack to the movie High-Rise which had a Gala screening at the London Film Festival on 9 October 2015.