RISING SCOTTISH collective Dante exclusively premiere their new single Sermons with The National online today.

Out on Monday February 26, the driving indie-rock track is the final single to be taken from their forthcoming album I Wear Your Weight With Mine, which is out on March 9 via Edinburgh indie label Stitch Records.

Frontman Sean McLaughlin says the single, which was produced, like the full album by Frightened Rabbit's Andy Monaghan and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana’s Nevermind amongst many others), is "about not taking yourself too seriously."

McLaughlin, who is based in Kinnesswood, a village east of Loch Leven in Perth and Kinross, continues: "A mistake artists can make is they get too wrapped up in their own work, which they take very, very seriously, and they forget that can annoy people. Hopefully the self-deprecating element comes through - there's a few coemdy lines in there."

You can hear Sermons HERE

Dante have just been announced as playing the HebCelt Festival in July, as well as the Shetland Folk Festival in May.

Before that, they play Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh tomorrow with Nieves, a free gig at Perth Twa Tams on April 20 and a support slot with Broken Records the following day at Dundee's Church.

Inspired by the relationships we build over the course of our lives, I Wear Your Weight With Mine is focused on what the band feel is important in life as we grow older.

“It is a hugely positive album," says McLaughlin. "How positive it is to have strong ties to other people, but how much of a responsibility this can feel at times. It’s about connection, when disconnection seems like an easier option.”

Hear more about the album, which features artwork by former Arcade Fire artist-in-residence Tracy Maurice an accompanying collection of short stories written by Stephen Thom, in The National's full interview with McLaughlin on Wednesday February 28.

Feb 23 with Nieves, Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh, £7.25. www.dantemusic.com
Apr 20, Twa Tams, Perth, free Apr 21 with Broken Records, Church, Dundee, £10. www.dantemusic.com
May 4 to May 6, Shetland Folk Festival, Lerwick, Shetland. www.shetlandfolkfestival.com
May 18 with Nieves, Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen, £7.25. www.dantemusic.com
Jul 18 to Jul 21, HebCelt Festival, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. www.hebceltfest.com

I Wear Your Weight With Mine is out on March 9 2018 via Stitch Records.