half•alive release ‘Hot Tea’, announce album and UK tour dates
Long Beach based trio half•alive release their new single “Hot Tea” along with the music video via RCA Records. “Hot Tea” is co-produced by David Pramik (Lauv, Illenium, LANY) and OJIVOLTA (Kanye West, Jon Bellion, Halsey). The video is directed by half•alive’s Josh Taylor and choreographed by JA Collective. The band is excited to announce the 1st part of their new album Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1 will be released in February 2022.
“Hot Tea” is a deep longing to be touched by life. A desperate desire to love someone with sacred, caring hands & be loved in return by people & God & her creation. We shot this video on tour, representing that desperate longing with plastic- a material that is nearly invisible, yet air tight. That was the feeling for me at least. Plastic is a thin filament that prevents pure exposure to the raw ingredients of life. An artificial, translucent barrier to the heart that I will claw at until there is nothing left.”Josh Taylor, half•alive
About Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1, Josh Taylor says, “We’ve never before explored the topic of love in our songs. This album is unexplored territory in that regard. It’s vulnerable. Exposing my shoulders to whoever will stop & listen. Many of the songs are about the cry for love’s hand around my heart. In one breath it’s about a person & about God. To ache for the comfort of another. To hide in the corner of their shoulder & know I am safe.
Give Me Your Shoulders is Love. To give what you cannot carry. To accept another’s burden without condition. To yoke yourself with the author of Love & find rest for your soul.”
In support of the new album, half•alive will be hitting the road on their headlining “Give Me Your Shoulders (TOUR)” which will take them across North America as well as the UK and Europe. In the UK, the band will play across Birmingham, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin in May 2022. For the full list of tour dates see below and to purchase tickets go HERE.
Give Me Your Shoulders UK Tour Dates
May 12, 2022 • Birmingham, UK • O2 Institute 2
May 13, 2022 • London, UK • EartH
May 14, 2022 • Manchester, UK • Academy 2
May 16, 2022 • Glasgow, UK • SWG3 TV Studio
May 17, 2022 • Dublin, Ireland • Academy
“Hot Tea” follows the bands previously released tracks “Make of It,” “Summerland,” “Time 2,” and “What’s Wrong“, which all came out this year. “What’s Wrong” was “Most Added” at Alt Radio around its launch had has garnered over 15.7 million streams worldwide. half•alive also performed it on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check it out HERE. The band recently toured with Twenty One Pilots on their sold out “Takeøver Tour” which wrapped up earlier this month.
The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 3 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of “The Fall” and “Aawake At Night”. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout “still feel.” which has been RIAA certified Gold, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted “All Songs Considered” and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019 which included 2 sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year the band made their late night television debut with a very special performance of “still feel.” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check out the incredible and unique performance.
They also performed “Runaway” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album Now, Not Yet which has amassed over 611 million streams worldwide to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of “RUNAWAY” and “arrow” showcase their incredible creative artistry. Last year, half•alive released their EP “in Florescence,” an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of 4 tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album Now, Not Yet as well as videos for 3 of the 4 songs to accompany them.