Words: Matthew Drew
The new Stone Foundation single Beverley demonstrates a success for cross media convergence. The soul-driven track features US singer Nolan Porter and is the title music from the short film of the same name, starring This is England’s Vicky McClure. Unsurprisingly there are many similarities between Beverley and Shane Meadows’ growing franchise. In the music video we see snippets from the film – of Beverley coming of age in an era of skinheads, violence and racial discrimination. The lyric, “the rules of the skin are wearing thin”, is as poignant in this sense as it is repetitive, but at least it doesn’t distract from the cutting video (or vice versa), which is important since it crams as much of the film as it possibly can into five and a half minutes. Nevertheless the song itself is a powerful and melodic contribution.
The track is the lead single from Stone Foundation’s forthcoming album A Life Unlimited which comes out on 9th August and follows the band’s previous top 40 album To Find The Spirit after just a year. The single lands on 17th July and can no doubt be heard at forthcoming touring dates which include venues from Dartford to Tokyo. Full upcoming dates are below.
You can check out the video for Beverley below.