Mystery Jets tease new LP with ‘Screwdriver’
Last week, London rockers Mystery Jets shared news of their upcoming studio album. Having previously shared the NHS tribute Hospital Radio back in July, we now have the album’s second single, the epic ‘Screwdriver’.
The track instantly makes with an impact with its raucous guitar riffs, and then it fluctuates between various emotions in its exploration of society. In terms of the track’s mood, it’s almost as apocalyptic as it is beautiful.
This makes ‘Screwdriver’ an apt representation of what we could expect from the new album, which will explore political unrest in the UK and, in particular, its effect on society. Set as a message against the alt-right, “Screwdriver is about the mechanics of intolerance,” explains frontman Blaine Harrison. “Conflict arises as cultures and belief systems clash, unwilling to accept one another’s place in society, because we are fed the rhetoric that our neighbours are those responsible for our problems: then inevitably nationalism once more raises its ugly head above the parapet.”
Yet, it’s not all doom and gloom. Despite the focus on political unrest, we also hear the celebration of music’s ability to unify where political agendas divide. “Music unites and reminds us of all that we have in common” he continues. “The message of Screwdriver is not a pessimistic one – because perhaps faced with confrontation we can find understanding, and even maybe learn how to listen to, and love one another.” Therefore, with the message of “fight them with love” in tow, the new album is not only honest about society’s issues, but it also offers hope for a common ground.
Produced by Mystery Jets with Matthew Twaites, A Billion Heartbeats will be out on the 27th September via Caroline International.
‘Screwdriver’ music video
Apart from the new album, Mystery Jets will also be performing at John Kennedy’s X-Posure Summer Party at Flat Iron Square this Saturday (17th August). If you fancy seeing great indie bands for free, then this event will be right up your street! Mystery Jets will be headlining with Temples, and other great acts include APRE, Marthagunn and The Mysterines. Click here for more info and to grab the free tickets. If you want to check them out on a tour date instead, then the band will also be heading out on a UK tour this November. Tickets go on sale on the 16th August. Check out the dates below.
5 – Cambridge – Cambridge Junction.
6 – Birmingham – The Mill
7 – Norwich – Waterfront
10 – Newcastle – The Riverside
11 – Edinburgh – The Caves
12 – Glasgow – Oran Mor
14 – Manchester – Manchester Academy 2
15 – Leeds – The Wardrobe
16 – Hull – The Welly
18 – Brighton – Concorde 2
19 – Bristol – Bristol Trinity
20 – London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
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From Sophia with Love x