A BARNSLEY alternative pop duo’s third single is set to be released in January, with the ‘nostalgia-tinged’ music video filmed around the borough.
Stranger Chorus, formed by local lads 30-year-old James Addy and 28-year-old Luke Watson, will release ‘Limo’– which was created ‘almost entirely in isolation’ – on January 8.
The video sees the pair driving around Winscar reservoir in a vintage Ford Escort RS2000 – supplied by collector John Horsfield and his wife Jenna – and wandering past landmarks such as the town hall and Victorian Arcade.
James, who lives in the town centre, said: “We decided it made sense to do everything ourselves, and it’d be a creative way to spend our time while we couldn’t do much else.
“It was shot over a couple of weekends, all on a phone by my sister, Katie. Luke and I then started editing all this footage and emailing back and forth, which took a lot longer than we expected as we had to learn it all from scratch.”
The pair, who met at Nottingham Trent University, spent three years in rock band Pretty Citizens, playing at festivals including Tramlines, Oxjam and Barnsley Live, before forming the 1980s influenced Stranger Chorus in 2018.
‘Limo’ was recorded at Giant Wafer Studios, deep in rural Wales, with collaborator Dave Sanderson – whose credits include Reverend and the Makers.
Luke added: “We knew we wanted to make Barnsley a feature of our next video – we’re proud of being from here.
“When we played at Barnsley Live with our old band, I’d say they were some of my favourite gigs. It’s got a really good scene.
“While Nottingham isn’t a million miles away, it’s quite rare to hear a Barnsley accent, and it makes you wear where you’re from a bit more on your sleeve – there’s a bit of that in the song.”
The song and video will be released on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music on January 8.