On Friday, the Mystery Jets released their seventh album, ‘A Billion Heartbeats’ to the world, and it couldnt have arrived at a more appropriate time. Originally meant for release last September, the band had to pull the date back as lead singer Blaine was rushed into hospital for an emergency operation, however, upon first listen it sounds like the tracks have been written to be consumed right now, in amoungst the chaos that the world is currently spiraling in. Singles ‘Screwdriver,’ ‘Hospital Radio’ and ‘A Billion Heartbeats’ gave us a taste of what to expect from the 00s indie rockers’ album, but noone could have predicted the relatability level of the tracks around release date.
I caught up with Blaine, via Skype, in the hours after the initial digital release on Friday; you can hear our chat here…
Inspired by political protests in London the record shows the genuis lyricism that fans of the band have taken inspiration from and loved since they formed in 2006. My personal favourite, ‘History Has Its Eyes On You’ challenges the listener with its lyrics – “living in these changing times lets change how we co-exist,” and “be kind and never quit” – a very appt message in the current climate, but also relative for future listening.
You can catch the Mystery Jets on tour in November; their Scottish dates are Edinburgh’s The Caves on 18th, and Glasgow’s Oran Mor on the 19th, and pick up a physical version of the album on 26th June. In the meantime, you can stream ‘A Billion Heartbeats’ below.