First things first – yes I have decided to change from a collective feature to a Track of the Week. For one thing it will keep me productive with regular updates – at least that’s the idea. It also gives me the chance to really get into one track, rather than casting a brief look at a few. This week’s top track is the latest single from Liverpool four piece SPQR, a band I have really come to love since reviewing their No Brain, No Pain EP last year.
Along with news of an upcoming tour with JOHN in September, SPQR return with brand new single, ‘Fault Lines’. As expected, this release carries on the band’s artistic flair – with vocal range and tempo changes galore, it is a creative hit from start to finish.
‘Fault Lines’ takes a critical look at the common yet frankly frustrating thought processes of nearly anyone who has existed. In the words of songwriter Peter Harrison – “The song is about not letting yourself be yourself because yourself is not right in your idea of what a self should be!”
This convoluted way of thinking is not only put in to words, but given its own soundscape as SPQR reflect their words and meaning in fluctuating pattern of music. An array of thoughts and feelings come together in both pummelling rhythms and playful guitar. A frenzy of sounds, thoughts and feelings, hitting hard even when gentle in tone; “We learn to distance ourselves from the things we need // We love to hate the things that make us human beings”.
‘Fault Lines’ is a refined new release, showcasing the fact that SPQR is a well oiled machine, performing to perfection with promise of much more to come.
Stream the new single now on Spotify and buy tickets for the tour here. Dates below:
01 – Milton Keynes – Crauford Arms*
02 – Cambridge – Portland Arms*
03 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds*
09 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach*
10 – Exeter- The Cavern*
11 – Liverpool – Futurama Festival
12 – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club*
19 – Sheffield – 02 Academy 2*
30 – Tunbridge Wells- The Forum*
*- W/ JOHN
‘Fault Lines’, along with many other new tracks can be found on my Spotify in the Listen 2021 playlist, which I will be updating frequently. Let me know your favourite!