Liverpool art rock group, SPQR have returned with their self-produced new single, ‘Fault Lines’. It is yet another string to the bow of a band who have already sold out headline shows in Liverpool, Manchester and London, as well as playing sets at Sound City, Dot To Dot and Blue Dot Festival.
Between their last performance and now, the band have been busy recorded their new album, as well as finding time to release an EP, compilation album and two sold out vinyl releases. They also found time to play a livestream for Waves Vienna & Music Venue Trust and received online recognition from fellow art rock boundary-pushers, Everything Everything.
Originally intended for the band’s second EP, the new single ‘Fault Lines’ was recorded during the sessions that made “Low Sun, Long Shadows”. At the time it didn’t fit sonically, so the track was put on hold. Now, operating out of their newly launched self-owned, Studio 27, the band revisited the track to try it out once more, with positive results.
Speaking of the track, songwriter Peter Harrison says: “Well! It’d been around for a long time and never felt right, but everyone knew there was something there. Nothing was happening naturally so I sat down with it and just chipped away until cracks of light began to appear! It was a different approach to how I usually make songs but arguably the end result is more rewarding. Sometimes, you gotta dig for that gold! The song is about not letting yourself be yourself because yourself is not right in your idea of what a self should be!”
Whilst ‘Fault Lines’ is a subtle nod to the traditional SPQR sounds, it signals a band adopting a fresh approach, which could well be inspired by working with Mark Rankin (Harry Styles, Bloc Party, QOTSA) on their new material. It is an indication of a band willing to innovate with their sound and reaping the rewards of doing just that. Their steely determination to push the boundaries of their genre is refreshing to see, and you can catch the band performing their new material at the following dates this year!
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
You can listen to ‘Fault Lines’ HERE.
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