One of my favorite debut albums of 2021 was Colosseums by UK indie band The Institutes and they have just released a Limited Edition pressing on stunning 180g heavyweight ‘splatter’ vinyl. The record is full of wonderful tunes taking their inspiration from classic 90’s indie rock and shoegaze bands like Ride and The Stone Roses. Personal favorites are “I Just Can’t Keep Myself From Loving You” and “Something Beautiful” but all 10 tracks make for a great listen. Make sure to grab a copy of the new vinyl while you can at the 42’s records site.
As part of the reissue, the band have reissued fan favourite “Inside Out” which has been rebooted with a new mix and strings arrangement. Speaking about the themes, Hally, co-songwriter and lead guitarist, says:
“Inside Out” is an insight into the struggles of the modern-day adult – a search for the coping mechanisms of day-to-day commitments, that can feel empty and unrewarding, but inside the struggle there is hope, we just need to find it.Hally
“Inside Out” arrives with a brand new official music video, featuring a powerful leading performance from acclaimed Scottish actor Steven Cree (Outlander, Terminator: Dark Fate, Churchill, Maleficent). Introduced to the band by none -other than Robert Carlyle, Hally explains of the new visual collaboration:
“Out of the blue Scottish actor Robert Carlyle (Begbie in Trainspotting!) contacted us to tell us how much he loved the song and at the same time introduced us to his friend, and as we now know, all round top bloke and a fellow Scottish actor, Steven Cree, with a view to working on a film to go with the song.
This was a massive compliment, and we were over the moon. Over a few beers with Steven an idea formed to bring to life the story of “INSIDE OUT” on film, with Cree as the lead protagonist. We shot the film and Phil from our label42’s Recordssuggested we update the recording to match the emotion contained in the film, and release this as a single… Steven Cree is a genius and perfectly conveys these raw emotions in his powerful leading performance in the accompanying film – the geezer deserves an Oscar.”
Formed in December 2018, The Institutes have blazed onto the UK underground music scene on their own terms, signing to Manchester’s 42s Records and releasing their highly acclaimed debut album Colosseums. Hailing from Coventry, the 5-piece have built a solid and loyal following for their addictive mesmerising tunes.
Following the release of Colossuems, 2022 was a huge year for The Institutes. They kicked it off in style with an invitation from one of their heroes, Tim Burgess, to appear on his legendary Twitter Listening Party and chat about the story behind their debut album. This led to a sold-out hometown show at The Kasbah in Coventry and was followed by their first USA tour, playing 20 shows in 2 weeks including packed out gigs at tastemaker festivals SXSW in Austin and New Colossus in New York, plus a SOLD OUT headlining show in Los Angeles. The band returned home and continued to tour across the UK, selling out Manchester and their hometown of Coventry and topped off the summer with festival appearances at Isle Of White, Camper Calling and Shiiine On Weekender festivals.