Stunning cover of a Screamin' Jay Hawkins track...
Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders

Stage presence, that's the thing.

So often Clash will troop along to watch a new band, and their fringes will droop down over their chins, eyes pointed to the floor.

Not so, Marlon Williams. A New Zealand born talent, the singer's magnetic, emphatic stage presence contains a near religious fervour.

Signing a deal with Dead Ocean, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders have pieced together a series of UK shows. As a sign of what to expect, Clash is able to unveil a new video and it's rather special...

Shot at the Theatre Royal in Christchurch, 'Portrait Of A Man' is a deeply personal rendering of a track initially performed by blues legend Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

The band swirls around Marlon as he stares straight ahead, his voice seizing hold of each word and wrestling it into the ground in a bloody frenzy.

It's quite something - watch it now.

Catch Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders at the following shows:

October
19 London The Lexington (support from Fenne Lily)
20 Bristol The Gallimaufry
21 Manchester Eagle Inn
23 Dublin Academy 2 (support from Laura Ann Brady)
24 Belfast McHugh's Bar (support from Jealous Of The Birds)
25 Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's
26 Leeds Brudenell Social Club

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