If one were to play a round of Jeopardy that involves completing the titles of famous records and the word “Unknown” came up, she’d likely pick Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division’s 1979 debut. That band, rather non-coincidentally, also comes to mind when the music of Morning Smoke comes through the speakers, particularly their latest single, “Unknown”. The music of Morning Smoke owes a great deal to post-punk’s biggest luminaries, Unknown Pleasures included. Whether or not “Unknown” is a tip of the cap to Joy Division only the band knows, but in the meantime these guys are certainly putting their own spin on classic post-punk stylings. With “Unknown”, there’s an added dimension of ‘90s alternative rock, that adds a murky layer to the song’s varied textural landscape.
Cryptically, the band says to PopMatters that the video is based on “relativity”, adding, “John le Carré makes Einstein’s favorite tea.”
Below are some upcoming tour dates for Morning Smoke:
14 May—The Great Escape Festival, Brighton (Bleach Party)
21 May—New Cross Inn, London