News: Lankum announce new single, ‘New York Trader’

When Lankum announced their brutal folk/post rock hybrid, ‘Go Dig My Grave’, I was in awe. Every idea Lankum had previously flirted with, including seamlessly mixing nightmarish soundscapes with the tender, was now turned up to 100. I thought, even after enjoying their music in the past, that now they could hypothetically upstage a metal band for intensity. The droney second half holds a power of its own. And the album, announced the same day, showed no signs of being different, filled with ambitiously long songs, mostly written in a Martello Tower off the east coast of Ireland for good measure. 

Today, we hear their follow up single, ‘New York Trader’. Similarly structured, but this time more bouncy, sea shanty-esque, which is fitting, given its lyrics concern a collective of ship members throwing their captain overboard (read more about that below). The overriding bass that takes control towards the end is a real pleasure, taking leverage alongside the protesting vocals. We look forward to hearing more.

A note from Lankum about the song:

“We started working on the New York Trader in January 2021. Someone who had done terrible things had found themselves in command of the ship and in order for the passengers and crew to save themselves it became necessary to throw the captain overboard into the deep, hopefully never to return.  We did what was necessary, but now live in fear as the bloated corpse threatens to resurface, this time commanding an army of the dead.” explains Ian Lynch of Lankum, “We learned it, like so many other great songs, from Ringsend native and all round legend Luke Cheevers. It is one of a group of songs (sometimes referred to as the ‘Jonah Ballads’). The words to the song may be based on an older ballad called ‘The Pirate’ in which the destination was New Barbary rather than ‘Amerikay’. It was printed on broadsides in the UK where it was quite popular in the 19th century, and versions were subsequently collected in Wiltshire, Norfolk and Nova Scotia in the 20th century.”

See Lankum Live


25th Apr – Silent Green, Berlin, Germany – sold out

28th Apr – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands– sold out

30th Apr – Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium


2nd May – Petit Bain, Paris, France

4th May – London, Barbican, London, UK – sold out

10th May – St Lukes, Glasgow, UK – sold out

11th May – Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK – sold out

Fri 12th May – SWX, Bristol, UK – sold out

19th May – Mandela Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland – sold out

20th May – Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland – sold out

24th May – Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland

29th May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland * new date

30th May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland  sold out

31st May – Vicar St, Dublin, Ireland – sold out


28th Jun – Pop Messe, Brno, Czech Republic


4th Jul – All Together Now Festival, Co Waterford, Ireland


17-21st Aug – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK


1-3rd Sep – Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK


17th Nov – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany

19th Nov – Transcentury Update Festival, Leipzig, Germany

22nd Nov – Lido, Berlin, Germany

23rd Nov – Stadtgarten, Köln, Germany

26th Nov – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands


13th Dec – The Roundhouse, London, UK

Photo: Sorcha Frances Ryder