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Wednesday 01 April 2020

Mystery Jets Set Their Lyrical Ire On The Rise Of The Rebranded Alt-Right Leading Up To Rearranged Date @ Concorde 2 Brighton

We increasingly hear from musicians that music should be an escape these days - that there's enough suffering in the world, enough misery on the news, without writings songs about it too. New album A Billion Heartbeats by Mystery Jets makes all that sound like a bit of a cop-out. 
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The band's recent single Screwdriver - taken from A Billion Heartbeats -  is an uncompromising look at the rise of the rebranded alt-right in the UK, built around a powerfully positive message: "Fight them with love / then the world will be ours".

A Billion Heartbeats (the title track is also the new single) as an album achieves a balance of passion, fear and hope. 

Amid the colourful cavalcade of rich harmonies, heavy guitars and rallying cries, the album's essential message - about personal responsibility, and the power in becoming engaged. 

In a sense, it's not just their "state of the nation" record but their "state of a generation" record too.

Lead singer Blaine Harrison was living as a property guardian right around the corner from Trafalgar Square where he found himself witness to an entire year of protests in 2017. 


It was from here that Mystery Jets' sixth long-player was born. 

"This album wasn't about making pointed opinions," says Blaine. 

"It was about being a mirror for what's going on, reflecting back the way people are feeling." 

Every weekend from January 2017 on, people were marching for a different cause: 

"In the space of six months it was Black Lives Matter, the huge 'Our NHS' march, 'Unite for Europe,' he recalls.

"Then the solidarity sleep-out organised by Help Refugees, where we slept in Whitehall for the night... The protestors would wake me up in the morning. I'd just walk down and join in."

Mystery Jets have released new single A Billion Heartbeats, taken from the album of the same name which will be released on 3rd April 2020, following the album's postponement last September due to lead singer Blaine Harrison's ill health. 

Mystery Jets play Concorde 2 Brighton on 3rd December 2020. CLICK HERE for tickets. 

by: Mike Cobley




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