It all began with a bus journey a long, long time ago.
JD McPherson and his wife packed their bags and travelled to Las Vegas, fixing to wind up at a music festival.
At some point, though, his wife caught sight of a young man seated close by. JD explains: "When it was safe to look, I saw him with his back to me, reading the terminal schedule, and I saw nothing but a young Cholo covered in tattoos up to his ears."
"When he turned around, however, I could see why he wanted to get out of town... his throat had been recently slit, and was caked with congealed blood. His tshirt was stained pink where he'd tried to wash out the blood, and more blood had spilled onto it since that time."
The songwriter adds: "He really didn't have much panic in his eyes, despite his medical situation... mostly he just seemed to really want to get out of Las Vegas as part of The Long Game. I imagined what his life must have been like. It took me over ten years, but I finally committed the memory to song."
'Style (Is A Losing Game' is the result. A moving, bracing, thoughtful return, it comes with visuals directed by Sean Dejecacion.
JD tells Clash: "We shot the video at Vinny's Barber Shop, a great shop in East Hollywood. It's an old-school barber shop, and many of the barbers are singers and musicians in bands I love, such as Luis & the Wildfires, Omar & the Stringpoppers, and Eddie & the Scorpions."
Tune in now.
Catch JD McPherson at the following shows:
23 Norwich Arts Centre
25 Glasgow St. Luke's
26 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
27 Manchester Gorilla
28 Birmingham The Hare and Hounds
2 London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
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