Crows unleash riotous new single ‘Garden of England’ from ‘Beware Believers’ album out next month
Today Crows are dropping their new single ‘Garden Of England’, taken from the incoming ‘Beware Believers’ LP that’s out in less than a month via Fuzz Club imprint Bad Vibrations Records. Following recent singles ‘Slowly Separate’ and ‘Room 156’, you can stream the new single and its accompanying video below and pre-order the album on vinyl/CD here.
The dark, snarling post-punk of ‘Garden of England’ is another insight into the summer of 2019 when the album was written. Brexit was dominating the news and every conversation, and with it came lies from public figures, a country being divided, and frustration at what England was turning into. Front-man James Cox says of the track:
"This is straight-up our Brexit anthem. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn't care less which way you voted, your vote, your choice. I just hated how much Brexit had become so ingrained in our day to day life. First thing I'd hear about when I woke up and the last thing I’d read before I went to sleep at night. It became all people spoke about. ‘Garden of England’ is more of a comment about the divisiveness it caused, splitting families, friends, widening the north-south divide and empowering nationalism. Public figures' ability to lie publicly and not be held accountable, it's just dangerous dog-whistle politics that doesn't belong in the UK."
Equal parts ferocious and hedonistic, the band’s new album Beware Believers is out April 1st 2022 and perfectly captures the raucous, anarchic energy that they’ve become renowned for on the stage over the years. In support of the album the band are playing SXSW this month and are also set to tour the UK/EU this April, including their biggest headliner to date at London’s Scala. Crows will also perform at this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas.
“We started writing the album in the downtime between tours just after releasing Silver Tongues in the Spring of 2019”, Cox recalls: “We were really determined to follow up the album as quickly as possible and keep that ball rolling and we were creatively in a really good place.” By January 2020 they were already back in London’s Fish Factory Studios (the same studio and team with which they made Silver Tongues) tracking what would become the Beware Believers LP. Their debut was a long time coming but this time around Crows had no intention of taking things slow and patiently. The new album was quickly coming along, they were playing to busier and busier crowds and were gearing up for their first trip to the US for SXSW – and then Covid hit.
“Once we knew Covid was here to stay, we took the first break we’ve taken since we released our first single ‘Pray’ in 2015. Being locked down for three months unable to finish the last bits of the record was very frustrating but it did mean we could come back to the album with fresh ears and make sure it sounded like it should: a true representation of Crows”. Loud, cathartic and abrasive, a quintessential Crows record it certainly is.