Mystery Jets announce new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’ alongside their new single ‘Screwdriver’

August 6, 2019




Mystery Jets announce that their sixth studio album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’ will be released on 27th September on Caroline International.

The band also today release ‘Screwdriver’, the first single to be taken from the album.

Screwdriver 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“.

Lead singer Blaine Harrison says of the song, “Screwdriver is about the mechanics of intolerance. 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. 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.”

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. A Billion Heartbeats makes all that sound like a bit of a cop-out. These are songs of protest that get the heart racing in joy; high on hope, and serious in their message. Proof, basically, that music speaks louder than words.

Mystery Jets are on a UK tour later this year and can be seen at the dates below:

05 Nov                  Cambridge Junction                        Cambridge

06 Nov                  The Mill                                                Birmingham

07 Nov                  Waterfront                                         Norwich

09 Nov                  2Q Festival                                          Lincoln

10 Nov                  The Riverside                                     Newcastle

11 Nov                  The Caves                                           Edinburgh

12 Nov                  Oran Mor                                            Glasgow

14 Nov                  Academy 2                                          Manchester

15 Nov                  The Wardrobe                                   Leeds

16 Nov                  The Welly                                            Hull

18 Nov                  Concorde 2                                         Brighton

19 Nov                  Bristol Trinity                                     Bristol

20 Nov                  O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire        London

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