MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Kev Sherry’s “Shoes That Make You Taller”

Kev Sherry is a busy guy. And ambitious, too. You might know him as the singer/guitarist in Glasgow’s Attic Lights. He’s also a writer: journalism, fiction and comics. So when Sherry decided to release a solo album, he just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Instead, he had to make Foxy Orthodoxy part of a multimedia triptych that also includes comic Warpaint (illustrated by Katia Vecchio) and debut novel Here Be Apples, both scheduled to be out next year.

Together, all three explore themes Sherry has written about in his journalism work, which he describes as “anarchism, feminism, gender politics, the ideological culture wars, the cult of personality and the hypocrisy of the human heart.” Obviously, Sherry is a much deeper thinker than we are.

Sherry has made a lot of musical connections over the 15 years that Attic Lights has been together. His songs have been remixed by MAGNET favorites including Mogwai, the Vaselines and Camera Obscura, and he’s collaborated with the likes of Björn Yttling (Peter Bjorn And John) and Cerys Matthews (Catatonia). For Foxy Orthodoxy, Sherry borrowed a guitar from Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and a bass from Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub) to record with producer Paul Savage (Delgados, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai).

Though the 11-track Foxy Orthodoxy (Here Be Apples/Kartel) isn’t out until September 18, Sherry has a new single/video from it to tide you over until then. It’s called “Shoes That Make You Taller,” and Sherry tells MAGNET that it “explores the divisive and exploitative nature of far-right ideologies while sounding like the Lemonheads doing early Oasis covers.”

For us, that’s a very good thing. So we’re proud to premiere “Shoes That Make You Taller”—song and video (directed by Jim Lang and illustrated by Vecchio)—today on magnetmagazine.com. Check them out right here, right now.