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Released5 February 2021 (2021-02-05)
LabelSub Pop
ProducerNic Bueth | thestudioeast
Singles from Uppers
  1. "This Island"
    Released: 17 August 2020
  2. "Slideshow"
    Released: 23 September 2020
  3. "Decoration"
    Released: 28 October 2020
  4. "Press Gang"
    Released: 5 January 2021

Uppers is the debut studio album by the English post-punk[1] band TV Priest, released on 5 February 2021 by Sub Pop.[2]

Background and recording

TV Priest initially self-released their standalone singles "House of York" in April 2020, followed by "Runner Up" in May 2020. Uppers was initially set for release on independent label Hand in Hive in November 2020 before begin pushed back to 5 February 2021 after the band signed to Sub Pop.[3] The album was produced by Nic Bueth and recorded in East London.[3]


On 17 August 2020, TV Priest announced the release of their debut album, along with the single "This Island".[4] Lead singer Charlie Drinkwater said the single is "about incoherence and inarticulate responses, both personal and political, in a time and place you don’t fully understand anymore. We wrote this to an increasingly nationalistic and isolationist drumbeat playing out at home and abroad, and frankly we are scared and appalled".[5]

The second single "Sllideshow" was released on 23 September 2020.[6]

On 28 October, 2020, TV Priest announced they had signed to Sub Pop, and released their third single "Decoration".[7]

The fourth single "Press Gang" was released on 5 January 2021, and is inspired by Drinkwater's grandfather’s life’s work as a photojournalist and war correspondent on the UK’s Fleet Street from the 1950s to the early 1980s.[8] The music video for the track was directed by Joe Wheatley.[9]


In support of the album, TV Priest's are scheduled to go on tour in July 2021 at London's Oslo nightclub, and finish in November 2021 at Heartbreakers Bar in Southampton.[10][11]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[14]
Beats Per Minute74%[15]
DIY2.5/5 stars[17]
Kerrang!3/5 stars[18]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[19]
NME6.0/10 stars[20]
Pitchfork7.0/10 stars[21]
Dork4/5 stars[22]

Uppers was met with "generally favorable" reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, this release received an average score of 69 based on 10 reviews.[13] AnyDecentMusic? gave the release a 7 out of 10 based on a critical consensus of 12 reviews.[12]

Stuart Berman of Pitchfork gave the album a score of 7.0, and praised the progression of the album, writing that it evolves "from a band you think you’ve heard a million times before into one you feel like you’re just getting to know".[23] Mark Deming of AllMusic gave the album a 3.5 out of 5, praising the vocals by Charlie Drinkwater as having a "strong voice and a subtly intelligent phrasing to his rants".[14] At DIY, Lisa Wright gave the release a 2.5 out of 5, noting "TV Priest’s debut is good but not necessarily enough to poke through the maelstrom quite yet."[17] Writing for Beats Per Minute, Gareth O'Malley wrote "Uppers provides thrills aplenty from a band making their mark during strange times as our new normal sets in, intent on seizing their second chance."[15] Josh Crow of Clash wrote that the debut has "a collection of delightfully pungent tracks, delivered in all their unashamed, reckless glory."[16]

Track listing

All tracks are written by written and performed by TV Priest. All songs produced by Nic Bueth.[3].

1."The Big Curve"4:56
2."Press Gang"3:00
3."Leg Room"3:33
4."Journal of a Plague Year"3:20
5."History Week"2:03
8."Fathers and Sons"3:36
9."the ref"0:50
10."Powers of Ten"4:09
11."This Island"4:09
Total length:43:50


Chart performance for Uppers
Chart (2021)Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[24]35


  1. ^ Berman, Stuart (3 February 2021). "TV Priest: Uppers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  2. ^ Records, Sub Pop. "TV Priest's debut, 'Uppers', is available now worldwide!". Sub Pop Records. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Bhandari, Ashwin (2 November 2021). "On The Rise: TV Priest". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  4. ^ H, Rob (17 October 2020). "TV Priest Announce Debut Album with the Attack On Incoherent Leadership "This Island"". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  5. ^ Hansen, Susan (24 August 2020). ""This Island" is a pertinent, current snapshot of the nation's conscience from TV Priest". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  6. ^ "TV Priest Share New Track "Slideshow"". DIY. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  7. ^ "TV Priest Offer Up New Track "Decoration"". DIY. 28 October 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  8. ^ Gobeli, Abbie (5 January 2021). "TV Priest Announce "Press Gang"". Sub Pop. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  9. ^ "TV Priest Unleash New Song "Press Gang"". DIY. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  10. ^ "TV Priest Announce New Dates for Autumn Tour". DIY. 1 March 2021. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  11. ^ "TV Priest on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  12. ^ a b "AnyDecentMusic? Review". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Metacritic Review". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  14. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  15. ^ a b O'Malley, Gareth (10 February 2021). "Beats Per Minute Review". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  16. ^ a b Crowe, Josh (4 February 2021). "Clash Magazine Review". Clash. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  17. ^ a b Wright, Lisa. "DIY Magazine Review". DIY. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  18. ^ Hickie, James (10 February 2021). "Kerrang! Review". Kerrang!. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  19. ^ Cotsell, Matt (3 February 2021). "MusicOMH Review". MusicOMH. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  20. ^ Rogers, Becky (4 February 2021). "TV Priest – 'Uppers' review: tried and tested post-punk fused with swirling psych". NME. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  21. ^ "TV Priest: Uppers". Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  22. ^ "TV Priest: Uppers". Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  23. ^ "TV Priest: Uppers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  24. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 February 2021.


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TV Priest
OriginLondon, England
Years active2019-present
LabelsSub Pop
  • Charlie Drinkwater
  • Alex Sprogis
  • Nic Bueth
  • Ed Kellend

TV Priest are an English rock band formed in London in 2019. The band consists of Charlie Drinkwater (vocals), Nic Bueth (bass and keyboard), Alex Sprogis (guitar), Ed Kellend (drums).

They signed to Sub Pop after only having played one gig in an industrial freezer in November 2019, with other concerts cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2] Their debut album, Uppers, was released on 5 February 2021 by Sub Pop.[3][4]

Musical style

The band's music style has been associated with punk rock and related genre post-punk.[5]


  • Charlie Drinkwater – vocals
  • Alex Sprogis – guitar
  • Nic Bueth – bass and keyboards
  • Ed Kellend – drums


Studio albums


  • "House of York" (2020, Hand in Hive)
  • "Runner Up" (2020, Hand in Hive)
  • "This Island" (2020, Sub Pop)
  • "Slideshow" (2020, Sub Pop)
  • "Decoration" (2020, Sub Pop)
  • "Press Gang" (2021, Sub Pop)
  • "Lifesize" (2021, Sub Pop)



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