American teens party in Alt-J's 'Left Hand Free' video – watch

The band release their second album 'This Is All Yours' on September 22

A group of young Americans party through a day and night in the newly-released video for Alt-J 's 'Left Hand Free'.

The video, directed by Ryan Staake (Diplo, Major Lazer), was filmed in and around Austin, Texas and sees a group of teenagers drinking beer and playing in the Guadalupe River, before driving down dusty roads and setting off fireworks. Click above to watch the video.

The band previously jokingly expressed concerns that their new single 'Left Hand Free' could be used at an 'NRA convention' (the National Rifle Association). Speaking about the new track, they called it "the least Alt-J song ever", written to appease their American label who didn't think the recently released 'Hunger Of The Pine' was a "big single". Discussing 'Left Hand Free' in The Guardian, they say the song was written in 20 minutes and is based around a "joke riff" that frontman Joe Newman started playing one day.

Drummer Thom Green says of the track: "I tried to make the drums as cliched as possible, there's none of my personality in it." Newman added: "And I say, 'Gee whizz', which I'm not sure is a phrase I've ever uttered before. I can imagine it appealing to American truckers with 'Good Riddance To Bin Laden' stickers!" Keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton then stated: "Oh God… Someone's going to walk onstage to it at an NRA convention."

The band release their second album 'This Is All Yours' on September 22. The band will tour the UK this autumn. The first Manchester and London dates have sold out, but a second Manchester date will now take place on September 20.

Alt-J will play:

Glasgow O2 Academy (September 18)
Manchester Apollo (19/ 20)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (22)
Brighton Centre (23)
London Alexandra Palace (24)
Dublin O2 Arena (27)


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