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Home Counties final single

Home Counties unveil final album taster, "Dividing Lines"

17 April 2024, 10:38 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Home Counties have shared the brand new single "Dividing Lines", as the final taste of the band's forthcoming debut album, Exactly As It Seems.

Speaking more on the initial inspiration behind "Dividing Lines", vocalist/guitarist Will Harrison said: "The inspiration for ‘Dividing Lines’ came from moving back home to the countryside during lockdown and having little to do except walk. From encountering countless ‘no trespass’ signs and barbed wire fences, I became obsessed with the right to roam and land reform. Revisiting a demo called ‘Cowbell’ about the insularity of the post-punk scene of the time, I started drawing parallels between the social exclusion of land ownership and similar tendencies within the music industry.

Both the landed gentry and the music industry tend to reproduce themselves only within a closed social circle, and often along familial lines. There’s also a similar reliance on informal arrangements, the ‘no contracts signed’ nature of the industry which helps upkeep its exclusivity, maintaining similar dividing lines to that of landowners vs the rest."

Alongside the new single, the band have also announced a stripped back live performance and signing at Third Man Records' Blue Basement on album release day. Exactly As It Seems will feature previously released cuts including their address of renting in London "You Break It, You Bought It"; "Uptight"; "Wild Guess", and their glitchy ode to east London; "Bethnal Green".

Home Counties' debut album, Exactly As It Seems, is due for release on 3 May via Submarine Cat Records. Tickets for their Blue Basement show are on sale now.

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