Mystery Jets have band have released a new track.‘Petty Drone’. The track is set to feature on the band’s upcoming album, A Billion Heartbeats, which was originally slated for release in autumn 2019, but due to frontman Blaine Harrison’s illness will now be released on 3 April through Caroline International.
Harrison says, “Taking the past three months off to recover from leg surgery allowed me the time to get battle-fit and also work on some other ways of exploring the messages behind the album, which we will be revealing over the coming weeks. One of the most humbling parts of being a Mystery Jet is the understanding and support we receive daily from our fans, and we are so excited to get back out there and play these songs with more love and energy than ever before.”
Mystery Jets’ new track, ‘Petty Drone’ is a call to arms, thick with the melodies of ‘70s Queen and what the band describe as a kind of “psychedelic anger”. The song’s energy belies its dystopian lyrics, inspired by the Adam Curtis film HyperNormalisation, and the modern phenomenon of surveillance capitalism: “Ostracised, de-nationalised, re-categorised… polarised, de-sensitised…” You can check ‘Petty Drone’ out below.
Recently, Blaine Harrison, along with the rest of the band, presented ‘Speakers Corner’ – an evening of conversation inspired by the themes of A Billion Heartbeats, including panellist discussions on climate change, gender equality and the refugee crisis. The evening was filmed and will be available to watch in the coming weeks.
A Billion Heartbeats is described as “an album achieves a balance of passion, fear and hope. Amid the colourful cavalcade of rich harmonies, heavy guitars and rallying cries, the album’s essential message – about personal responsibility, and the power in becoming engaged. In a sense, it’s not just Mystery Jets’ “state of the nation” record but their “state of a generation” record too.”
Blaine Harrison was living as a property guardian right around the corner from Trafalgar Square where he found himself witness to an entire year of protests in 2017. It was from here that Mystery Jets’ sixth long-player, A Billion Heartbeats, was born. “This album wasn’t about making pointed opinions,” he says. “It was about being a mirror for what’s going on, reflecting back the way people are feeling.”
As uDiscover Music previously reported, Mystery Jets’ UK tour begins at Manchester Academy 2 on 10 April. Visit the band’s official website for further information on all their upcoming dates.
A Billion Heartbeats is out on 3 April and can be bought here.