Home Counties Returns With New Song “Bethnal Green”
London-based post-punk band Home Counties, consisting of Will Harrison (vocals/guitar/keys), Lois Kelly (vocals/keys), Conor Kearney (guitar/vocals), Dan Hearn (drums), Barn Peiser Pepin (synth/percussion/guitar/vocals) and Bill Griffin (bass/vocals), returned with a new song “Bethnal Green” on September 13, 2023.
The song is the first music since the 2022 EP “In A Middle English Town”. Also, it is the first single under their new label Submarine Cat Records.
The song will appear on their upcoming debut album, which is expected to be released in early 2024.
It was written by Home Counties and produced by Conor Kearney. The accompanying music video was directed by Michael Upson.
The band guitarist Will Harrison said of the song, “When I first showed it to the guys I was like, ‘Oh you won’t like this, it’s just some crap pop thing I’ve come up with’. But then immediately everyone was into it. It felt good that we could do this sort of song; it really opened up what was ‘acceptable’.”
- The track was the first song to be written after the band's move to London two years ago and officially introduces new member Lois Kelly.
The band said, “We were all immediately drawn to the song. The most collaboratively written Home Counties song to date, it's also the first to include Lois on lead vocals. Hearing Lois' voice on the track really expanded our idea of what Home Counties could and should be. Lyrically based on the improvised words spontaneously sung by our drummer Dan over the original demo upon first hearing it, the song is about the experience of being an active participant in the gentrification of an area, and the conflicting feelings of guilt that come with trying to justify your presence there. In this way, the song was also important in opening a more self-reflective and introspective style of lyricism which has informed much of our upcoming debut album.”
Photo by Lily Doidge
- source : Apple Music