Bristol based five piece Home Counties have shared their new single That’s Where The Money’s Gone, lifted from the band’s debut EP ‘Redevelopment’, which is out now via Alcopop! Records.
The ‘Redevelopment’ EP features the previously released ‘wonk-pop doozy’ Dad Bod and the band’s acclaimed debut single (and EP title track) Redevelopment. Firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting new bands in the UK, Home Counties’ angular guitar work and furious percussion unite to create melodically rigid, socially-charged anthems that are both lyrically tongue-in-cheek and scathingly satirical.
New single (and EP closer) That’s Where The Money’s Gone continues in the vein of its predecessors; a conversational examination of some of the most debated economic subjects in the UK, the track’s irked lyrics sit atop of erratic guitar lines, squelching electronics and a danceable rhythm section.
Speaking on the the track, singer Will Harrison commented: “It’s possibly the most lyrically simple track of the EP. It’s message is so to the point, it probably even seems quite juvenile. It’s about contemporary conversations of where money goes and comes from. It was written very spontaneously around the time of Brexit and the last general election, and presents an oversimplified conversation about tax havens, immigration and welfare. It’s the only song that came directly out of a jam session, including the lyrics, which have remained unchanged. It was so much fun recording it – we did all the vocals all at the same time in a room facing each other, and I think the final recording captures the fun we were having in the room. Home Counties is a way more collective effort than our previous project, so I think this song is the perfect encapsulation of our process and intent.” Listen to That’s Where The Money’s Gone via SoundCloud below.
Previously touring with the likes of Shame, Sports Team, Hotel Lux and Pip Blom, Home Counties recorded the ‘Redevelopment’ EP at Brighton Electric with producer Theo Verney (Egyptian Blue, Lazarus Kane, Fur).
Speaking on the recording process, Harrison added: “We recorded the EP over two sessions in Eastbourne and Brighton with our producer Theo Verney. Most of the EP was tracked live, and I think it’s an accurate snapshot of us as a band earlier in the year, when we were playing our first shows and finding our feet. It’s sort of a transitional record in that regard, from our previous project to this one, and sows the seeds of what I think we’re moving towards. We’re incredibly proud of it. Lyrically the EP is largely about everyday life and cultural change in Britain in the last 50 years, though it takes a variety of angles. I think the cover art sort of encapsulates the mood of the EP, being a colourful portrayal of a grey concrete town centre. This collection of songs tries to find something meaningful and playful in the typically mundane built-up spaces.”
The band have made a significant name for themselves since the turn of the year, with radio support from Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders (BBC Radio 1), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and Matt Wilkinson (Beats 1), along with press support from DIY Magazine, Loud & Quiet, NME, Clash Magazine, So Young Magazine, Gigwise and more.
Home Counties are: Will Harrison (vocals/guitar), Conor Kearney (guitar/vocals), Barn Peiser Pepin (synth/percussion/vocals), Sam Woodroffe (bass) and Dan Hearn (drums).
Home Counties’ debut EP ‘Redevelopment’ is out now, released September 4th via Alcopop! Records.
‘Redevelopment’ track listing
2. Dad Bod
5. That’s Where The Money’s Gone