With the addition of three new members since their debut LP Trick Of The Night, SixToes have been quietly yet busily honing and developing their sound through intensive, isolated jam and recording sessions in a remote makeshift studio in a disused barn in Norfolk. The result of these sessions is SixToes mark 2 and a new album, the forthcoming The Morning After, set for release in early 2014. The first taste of the new album will be released in November in the form of the new single, 'Low Guns', which features guest vocals from Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan.
"Dave would always be very positive after listening to our remixes for their Sounds Of The Universe album so we invited him to sing on 'Low Guns' and to our delight he immediately said "yes"," recalls cellist Anne Carruthers. "In fact he went one step further and also added a harmonica part to the end of the track."
Dave Gahan: "I always really liked the remixes that Six Toes did for Depeche Mode over the years, so when the band reached out to me about working with the band on 'Low Guns', I jumped on the opportunity. The band are exceptionally talented, the song connected with me, and I think the video is inspired and fantastic."
'Low Guns' is the sound of a band eschewing previously self-imposed rules and developing a more expansive, cinematic, focused and collaborative writing style; the track is brimming with personality like the characters on the London tube platform in the beautifully executed accompanying video set to be released soon.
'Low Guns' will be released on the 18th of November with the album The Morning After to follow in early 2014.
SixToes play their first London show in two years at the intimate St Pancras Old Church on the 20th of November.
Originally a three-piece, SixToes self-made debut album Trick Of The Night was released in 2009 to critical acclaim with Uncut describing it as "genuinely strange and original - SixToes possess an intricate, idiosyncratic beauty". Since then, the London based-band have become a sextet, collaborated with Josh T. Pearson and Soulsavers (playing strings on Last of the Country Gentlemen and The Light the Dead See albums) and remixed the likes of Depeche Mode and Nick Cave.
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.