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Sunday 22 September 2019

Battle Of The Bond Songs: Unsigned Brighton Band Aiming For Chart Success With New James Bond Inspired Theme Song

It's all things new for the return of James Bond. New director, plot, cast, villain, title and, of course, music. 
Credit Adam Harvey @ I Shoot Bands

And it's with the imminent release of Bond's twenty-fifth outing, that an independent local band are ready to do battle with what is sure to be one of the biggest selling songs in the all most sixty-years of the world's most lucrative movie franchise.

The title of the 25th James Bond film, and Daniel Craig's final appearance as the legendary character, has been announced officially as, No Time to Die. 

The news has spurred Brighton-based band, 40 Shillings on the Drum, to be first past the post in getting a Bond-related song released and, hopefully, into the charts with their Battle of the Bond Songs campaign. 

With this groundbreaking track, produced by Tom Gleeson (Slaves to Gravity, Feeder) and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Rolling Stones), 40 Shillings on the Drum, who have recently shared festival line ups with Manic Street Preachers, The Hives and many more, have crafted a song that not only reflects the franchise both musically and lyrically, but also stands strong in its own right. 

Launching the Battle of the Bond Songs campaign on Facebook, the band aim to build support for their song and release it to purchase as a digital download in the same week as the official theme to No Time to Die, encouraging a chart battle.

40 Shillings on the Drum's debut album, produced by Tom Gleeson, will be released in 2020, preceded by first single, Video Nasty.

The 'Battle of the Bond Songs' official Facebook group can be found via this link:

"No Time To Die", by 40 Shillings on the Drum, is available to stream now. CLICK HERE to view/listen. 

by: Mike Cobley


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Credit J. Taylor

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Credit: Andy Sturmey

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