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18th October 2012

Sandi Thom Premieres Flesh And Blood: The Controversial New Video

You can catch her live on the November tour

Iconic rocker Sandi Thom has this week launched a brave and controversial new music video for her forthcoming single Flesh And Blood. The video precedes the worldwide digital release of the single on Monday 5th November.

"The human race is hanging on by a thread" says Sandi "and we have to do everything we can to unite and save it. I have a voice and I feel like I should use it."

Flesh And Blood is a song with one purpose, to unite. In an age where every day we wake up to news of war, corporate greed, famine, inequality and injustice as human beings we still display unfathomable acts of bravery, incredible feats of courage and a love for our fellow brothers and sisters that is insurmountable which instils a sense of hope in us all.

"After my friend Tal (Tal Bergman, drummer/percussionist) and I had recorded the vast majority of the song I sat back in the producers chair and realised that this song could really reach out and touch people. Sometimes you don’t write a song, the song writes itself. This song came from the pit of my stomach and the deepest depths of my soul. I feel so desperately sad at the news I watch every day that I must stand up and say something and I don’t give a fuck if I get stick for it. Someone needs to stand up and tell it like it is for the millions of people who do not have the priceless gift of freedom of speech."

Thom immediately started pulling prolific images from the past together to depict the songs message opening with the famous Dr. Martin Luther King "`I have a dream" speech.  She says that hopefully this video can communicate a message of hope and unity in these dark times.

"I want to strike a chord in the hearts of millions. When I have an opportunity to say something that can resonate with people and light a fire in their hearts, then I embrace it despite the consequences. We are all at the end of the day just Flesh and Blood.”

Flesh and Blood is a significant release, being Sandi’s sophomore studio album, the highly anticipated new album radiates the raunchy blues rock bravado of the opening track Help Me, followed by the country-flavoured Leadbelly classic In The Pines. The album also features the strutting, clavinet-led Stormy Weather; and the emotionally compelling finale Lay Your Burden Down.

The album features an all-star ensemble led by Black Crowes Rich Robinson, drummer Steve Gorman and fellow Black Crowe and widely travelled session guitarist Audley Freed, respected Nashville stars Mike Webb (keys/Dobro) and James Haggerty (bass) complete the line-up with special guest performances from Rolling Stones collaborator, saxophonist Bobby Keys, and stunning duet with the legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on her 1992 classic The Big Ones Get Away.

Legendary classic rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Joe Bonamassa) also mixed two tracks, Sun Comes Crashing Down and a duet with Buffy Sainte-Marie on the latter’s classic song, The Big Ones Get Away.

“Sandi’s writing is fantastic,” s
ays Shirley, “and her singing is wonderful. Sun Comes Crashing Down has all the right ingredients to be a hit.”

The intriguingly titled I Love You Like A Lunatic, is based on her “life-changing” love affair with superstar blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The couple have been together three years now, living and loving on and off the road. Sandi likens it to a modern-day Johnny Cash and June Carter fairy-tale. “My life just turned crazy,” says Sandi. “Yet that’s what everybody wants, that insane kind of love that utterly consumes you.”

Sandi feels that Flesh and Blood is her coming of age album. “All I ever want to do is write songs that connect with people,” says Sandi. “With this album I’ve finally found a place where I can make the very best music I can achieve. The people that only know me from Punk Rocker won’t recognise me on this album. But they are going to find out another side of me.”
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