Leading into the final week of their UK tour, The Stroppies have released the third single from their forthcoming album, Levity, out 6th May. Check out the video for ‘Smilers Strange Politely’, which was shot at the start of the tour by Philip Serfaty.

And here’s a few words about the track from vocalist Angus Lord

“The title of this song had been kicking around my notebook for a few years and I had been unsuccessfully trying to attach it to different musical ideas to no avail. It’s an inversion of the phrase “strangers smile politely” with certain letters rearranged to make something a little more peculiar and dissonant. I eventually forgot about it until Claudia and myself were workshopping a set of poppy chords and lyrics and that phrase re-emerged out of the ether of my mind. Up until that point I’d been trying to set the phrase to something a little more abstract to match the tone of what those words evoke but it turned out to work much better as a big pop hook.”

Full tour dates below.

19th – Sands Centre, Carlisle*
20th – St George’s Hall, Bradford*
22nd – O2 Forum, London*
23rd – O2 Forum, London*
24th – Brixton Academy, London*
25th – Moth Club, London – tickets

w/ Paul Weller