Abstract Education is the band’s second EP and an invigorating collection, pinballing through a spiky art-rock, gritty post-punk and buoyant new wave – all whilst keeping their tongues firmly in cheek.
Songs spiral in a maelstrom of chaotic energy, with parts miraculously interlocking to generate an invigorating whole. Well-rounded, they channel that rare alchemy of a group with heart, brains, and an ear for a hook.
The chosen title offers both a message for others and a working mantra for the band. As lead vocalist Harry Jordan explains:
“Abstract Education refers to the lessons in life that aren’t so obvious or on the nose. Forgiving, and letting go of the past, whilst still learning from it. It’s also about understanding our own emotions and coming to terms with personal flaws, bad habits, addictions, anxieties etc.“
Harry continues “The actual writing and recording process of the EP was also a massive form of education in itself. As well as trying to push ourselves as songwriters, it was also the first time I’d ever produced anything using tape – which was a big learning process. I think the new approach really helped drive our creativity, keeping it fresh and exciting as well keeping us all on our toes which I think made for a better all-round performance. It’s probably our most honest and authentic piece of work we’ve put out yet.
The title also seemed pretty fitting for the times as well with most school kids spending the last year getting their education through a computer screen or an iPad or whatever…
Not to mention the countless people who have had to re-assess their life and approach to things that have been ingrained in us through generations.”
Abstract Education is out now. Find out more by clicking here.