Spaceheads – A New World in Our Hearts
CD – LP – Download – Release Date: Out Now
Politics and music have gone hand in hand since man first began to make a sound. With clever lyrics and a turn of phrase, popular artists can summon a protest song with ease. How do you manage that, however, when your band is mainly instrumental? Spaceheads – trumpet maestro Andy Diagram and percussionist Richard Harrison – somehow manage it with this, their 13th album. Mainly by the power of suggestion it seems – each title is a reference to a different struggle in the world’s history – as without a lyrical guide, the tunes could be about anything or nothing.
With the titles, it’s easy to allow one’s mind to wander during the often intricate musical patterns that the pair performs. Diagram utilises every digital technique at his disposal to manipulate and sample the trumpet sounds, and – on the few tracks that contain singing – voices. Most notable is What Is To Be Done?, which is a thumbing bass-heavy tune containing no string instruments! The way Andy makes his trumpet replicate a stunning guitar solo is something to hear.
Space Rebel provides the album’s first singalong line – a quote from Francesca Martinez: “The most rebellious thing you can do is be yourself”. It’s short and sweet but, like so many of Spaceheads’ compositions, it burrows into your mind and sets up residence. The passion and meaning behind the track is the epitome of rock n’ roll; being yourself is the biggest act of rebellion you could possibly perform. Likewise, Laugh in the Face of Power – the other ‘song’ on the album – could and should be the soundtrack to our lives right now; as the government endeavours to dismantle what we know as society for their own greedy means, we must surely stand tall and resist the attempts to divide and conquer.
A New World in Our Hearts is a musical call to arms. Stand up and be counted, and make each vote count – remember people died for you to have that ‘right’.
The revolution has never been so danceable.
The album is out now, you can order it direct from the band here and read about the various struggles and movements that influenced each track. Spaceheads play The Bread Shed (formally The Zoo) in Manchester on November 25th with From Carbon. You can also read our interview with Spaceheads here.