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Mystery Jets
“A Billion Heartbeats

Vinyl LP £21.99


1. Screwdriver
2. Petty Drone
3. History Has Its Eyes On You
4. A Billion Heartbeats
5. Endless City
6. Hospital Radio
7. Cenotaph
8. Campfire Song
9. Watching Yourself Slowly Disappear
10. Wrong Side Of The Tracks

Screwdriver is an uncompromising look at the rise of the rebranded alt-right in the UK, built around a
powerfully positive message: “Fight them with love / then the world will be ours”.

Lead singer Blaine Harrison says of the song, “Screwdriver is about the mechanics of intolerance. Looking
back at times of economic instability in history, we see how easily deep chasms grow in society and the
population seeks change wherever it is most convincingly promised. Conflict arises as cultures and belief
systems clash, unwilling to accept one another’s place in society, because we are fed the rhetoric that our
neighbours are those responsible for our problems: then inevitably nationalism once more raises its ugly head
above the parapet. But whereas political agendas fuel divisiveness, music unites and reminds us of all that we
have in common. The message of Screwdriver is not a pessimistic one – because perhaps faced with
confrontation we can find understanding, and even maybe learn how to listen to, and love one another.”

Each room of the house in the video is a metaphor for the different sections of society in the UK. It wraps
around the narrative of the song, that in order to overcome adversity, you have to “Fight Them With Love”.
The visual showcases the song’s inherent message, clashing aggressiveness with tenderness, and culminates
in showing after anger, we can always come together through love.

All great albums start from a unique perspective. But try a window on the Strand, in an abandoned office
block, overlooking the kind of political upheaval London hasn’t seen in a generation. Blaine Harrison was
living as a property guardian right around the corner from Trafalgar Square when he found himself witness
to an entire year of protests. Every weekend from January 2017 on, people were marching for a different
cause: “In the space of six months it was Black Lives Matter, the huge ‘Our NHS’ march, Unite for Europe,” he
recalls. “Then the solidarity sleep-out organised by Help Refugees, where we slept in Whitehall for the night…
The protestors would wake me up in the morning. I’d just walk down and join in.”

Over the course of that year, Mystery Jets’ sixth long-player, A Billion Heartbeats, was born. “This album
wasn’t about making pointed opinions,” says Blaine. “It was about being a mirror for what’s going on,
reflecting back the way people are feeling.” By turns tender and fierce, abstract and full of classic rock
energy, A Billion Heartbeats 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 their “state of the nation” record
but their “state of a generation” record too.

We increasingly hear from musicians that music should be an escape these days – that there’s enough
suffering in the world, enough misery on the news, without writings songs about it too. A Billion Heartbeats
makes all that sound like a bit of a cop-out. These are songs of protest that get the heart racing in joy; high
on hope, and serious in their message. Proof, basically, that music speaks louder than words.

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Weight 550 g
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