Disclosure discuss video ban: 'We're not about glamorising drugs in any way'

The band's promo for 'Help Me Lose My Mind' was removed by their label after comments referenced the use of drugs in the video

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Disclosure have discussed the removal of the video for their track 'Help Me Lose My Mind'.

The promo for the duo's single was taken offline by their record label following complaints it promoted drug use.

"The video doesn't contain any drug using at all," Guy Lawrence says in an interview with Revolt TV, which you can watch below. "The video kind of created a sense of euphoria, and people were connecting and having a good time."

"We're not about glamorising drugs in any way," he continues. "And although the video doesn’t explicitly show that, if that’s how people are feeling about it, then you know, it’s fine to take it down, it's not a big deal to us."

The video for the song, which will be the next track released from the brothers’ hugely successful debut album 'Settle' and features London Grammar singer Hannah Reid on vocals, was revealed earlier this month (October 11) and came with a parental advisory warning at to beginning. However, the video was removed shortly after with PMR Records issuing a statement via their website explaining that they "feel very strongly against the glamorisation of drugs in any capacity".

The full statement from PMR reads: "The video for Disclosure's new single was revealed this morning and as with previous Disclosure videos, it was about the connection of people having a good time, something that Disclosure want associated with their music and what we hope people have done when they’ve seen the band live or while listening to their music. Unfortunately the video has received a few comments referencing the use of drugs within the video."

It continues: "PMR feel very strongly against the glamorisation of drugs in any capacity and as such we have made the decision to remove the video." It has not yet been clarified if, or when, a replacement video for the single will be made available.

Disclosure tour the UK next month. The duo will play:

Bristol O2 Academy (November 16)
Leeds O2 Academy (18)
Newcastle O2 Academy (19)
Manchester Warehouse Project (22)
Sheffield O2 Academy (23)
Nottingham Rock City (24)
Brighton Dome (25)
Birmingham O2 Academy (27)
London O2 Academy Brixton (28, 29)


To check the availability of Disclosure tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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