The follow up to 2015's Feeling Strange - titled Swan Songs - is set for release in April. Tackling themes of stress, anxiety, depression, the class system, religion, war and government, the band decamped to the remote village of Skerray on the North Coast of Scotland with producers Jamie Lockhart and Lee Smith of Greenmount Studios (Pulled Apart By Horses, I Like Trains, Frank Turner, The Vaccines) to disconnect from the world and place themselves entirely in the album recording process for ‘Swan Songs’. The album was mastered at Abbey Road by Alex Wharton (Pixies / Nick Cave).
"We decided with this album that we wanted to get lost during the recording process," frontman James Smith explains of the group's inspirations. "To let it consume us entirely throughout. No distractions from our day-to-day lives. No dashing mid-take to get to work on time. No phone calls from our landlords. No other commitments. Just two solid weeks of living it."
"This record is the product of the band's dependence on each other in isolation," Smith continues. "It is a record of peace, love and understanding.
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