Mystery Jets have announced that their sixth studio album, A Billion Heartbeats, will be released on 27th September via Caroline International.
The album, which arrives as the follow-up to 2016 effort Curve of the Earth, has been inspired by political unrest in the UK and the impact the upheaval is having on society. Lead singer Blaine Harrison, who was living as a property guardian right around the corner from Trafalgar Square, witnessed mass protests on a regular basis which inspired him to write the record in a bit to “Fight Them With Love”.
“In the space of six months it was Black Lives Matter, the huge ‘Our NHS’ march, Unite for Europe,” Harrison 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.”
To coincide with the album news, Mystery Jets have shared the record’s lead single, ‘Screwdriver’, which offers a glimpse inside the thought process that went in to creating the new material: “‘Screwdriver’ is about the mechanics of intolerance,” Harrison said in reference to the band’s new single. “Looking back at times of economic instability in history, we see how easily deep chasms grow in society and the population seeks change wherever it is most convincingly promised.”
He added: “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. But whereas political agendas fuel divisiveness, music unites and reminds us of all that we have in common. 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.”
Have a listen, below.