With their first album in seven years just around the corner, Crazy Arm have come together as one in a rousing new video for new single, Fear Up. The third single to be lifted from Dark Hands, Thunderbolts the video for this was created under the restrictive circumstances we find ourselves living in. Featuring virtually all of the extended Crazy Arm family (13 of them!), the footage was filmed on location from their disparate bases in Devon, Dorset, West Yorkshire and Swansea and woven together here. They spoke with The Fountain about the new music and the times we find ourselves in.

TF: You have a new video out, what has the reception been like to Fear Up?

It’s been pretty amazing! Jon only learned to make videos in November when we did one for Brave Starts Here, the first single from the new album. He’s taken to it like a duck to water. We think Fear Up is the best song on the album so to get such a positive response has meant a lot.

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

Ennio Morricone conducting the Constantines with an added layer of righteous indignation.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release, I note an album?

The album, Dark Hands, Thunderbolts, has just been released, and the plan would have been to tour it around the UK and Europe for a year, but that’s not going to happen! So now, we’ll just push the album online as much as we can, play a few live-streams if I can overcome my self-doubt, and start playing shows as soon as human(e)ly possible. We’re booked to play Til The Fest in London in October with loads of brilliant bands, so we’ll build a tour around that date if the national vaccination programme is doing its job by then.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

There are so many great venues but I think it’s more about the crowd and the promoter than the surroundings. We always have memorable shows in Brighton, Lincoln, Keighley, Bristol, Manchester, London and our hometown, Plymouth. And some of our favourite shows have been on the mainland in Austria, the Netherlands, Greece, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany and France. Whether Brexit scuppers any future plans to play Europe is yet to be seen but the early signs are dispiriting. I’m looking forward to playing literally anywhere right now. A decent, socially intimate (ie packed) show in our local venue, The Junction, would be perfect. Let’s just hope that there are still some decent venues left after this eternal Covid s**tshow. Hope springs eternal.