Josh T. Pearson has shared the video for ‘Straight To The Top!’, a fast paced animation created by Pedro Carvalho, João Santos Ponciano, Laura Athayde and Marcos Vinícius.
Pedro Carvalho, a 21-year-old Brazilian graphic designer, who graduated from design school last year, was spotted by Pearson on Instagram and approached to make a video. He explains: “to be asked to make an animation for Josh’s single was a huge honor. Knowing that I couldn’t possibly make the video by myself, I called three friends: João Santos Ponciano, Laura Athayde and Marcos Vinícius, the most talented designers I could think of. The animation took around four weeks to complete and we couldn’t be more excited about it!”
‘Straight To The Top!’ is taken from Pearson’s new forthcoming album The Straight Hits! which is set to be released in April.
Josh T. Pearson and his band, which features Lift To Experience drummer Andy Young, take to the road with a tour across Europe in May and June, with the final date of the UK tour at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 22 May. Later in the summer, they will appear at End of the Road festival and ahead of then, the Josh T. Pearson Band will be at Austin’s SXSW festival in March for a series of dates and Josh T. Pearson (solo) will perform acoustic sets across the Rough Trade shops in the UK in April. Full details below.
Lately, the dapper Texan gentleman has been motivated by a desire to share more Josh T. Pearson music with the world, before it’s too late. “In the last years I learned to dance, take drugs, make love… choose life. I got rid of the beard, cut my hair and started wearing colour,” he said.
“I was at the US Embassy in London when the shit went down with the presidential election in 2016,” he remembers. “It was unsettling; I’ve never seen the country so divided. A responsibility seemed to shift within me – like, where are the people really stepping up to spread joy?”
12 Mar – US, Austin TX, SXSW Discover Denton Texas Music Showcase – 1am (Sidewinder Inside)
13 Mar – US, Austin TX, SXSW w/ Low – 9pm (St. David’s Historic Sanctuary)
14 Mar – US, Austin TX, SXSW SX San Jose – 4pm (Hotel San Jose)
15 Mar – US, Austin TX, SXSW Tiger Bomb Promo Official SXSW Showcase – 1am (Valhalla)
15 May – UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
16 May – UK, Birmingham The Glee Club
18 May – IE, Dublin Whelans
19 May – UK, Glasgow Art School
20 May – UK, Manchester Gorilla
22 May – UK, London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
24 May – FR, Paris La Maroquinerie
26 May – BE, Belgium Rotonde Botanique
27 May – NL, Amsterdam Bitterzoet
28 May – DE, Cologne Gebäude 9
29 May – DE, Hamburg Knust
30 May – DE, Berlin Quasimodo
4 June – SE, Stockholm Kagelbanen
5 June – DK, Copenhagen DR Koncerthuset Studio 3
6 June – NO, Oslo Parkteatret
30 Aug–2 Sep – UK, End of the Road festival
JOSH T. PEARSON (SOLO)
13 Apr – UK, London Rough Trade West instore + signing, from 2pm
13 Apr – UK, London Rough Trade East instore + signing, from 7pm
14 Apr – UK, Bristol Rough Trade instore + signing, from 6.30pm
15 Apr – UK, Nottingham Rough Trade instore + signing, from 5.30pm