At long last, Brighton 3 piece THE XCERTS can announce details on their brand new album 'Hold On To Your Heart', which is set for release on the 19th January, 2018 through Raygun
“Hold On To Your Heart is about finding a pinhole of light in the dark and turning it into the sun. We really did shoot for the stars with this one.”When Murray Macleod, frontman of THE XCERTS, surmises the band’s new album, it’s with the same wild-eyed enthusiasm and passion with which he pens sing-along modern pop anthems infused with a thick layer of 80’s heartland rock. His proclamation of how music can turn the smallest pinprick of light into a dazzling solar spectacle is the motivating thread that weaves throughout the album. 'Hold On To Your Heart' is a bold, pure love letter to a bygone era inked by a sentimental hopeless romantic.
The band looked to the classics as a vessel with which to deliver these songs; shying away from contemporary influences and digging into the deep-rooted rich tapestry once weaved by Springsteen and Petty, THE XCERTS throw-back to more innocent times, where the boy gets the girl and lives happily ever after. They yearn for a simpler time where dreams were made for living. “We were going for a timeless, stripped back sound,” says Murray. “The mantra in the studio was we wanted it to feel classic but have a modern twist, which is not an easy feat to pull off. We wanted people to listen to the record and just think anything's possible; we were trying to capture the ending of (seminal 1985 John Hughes movie) The Breakfast Club. It’s about that feeling of wanting to be outside and experiencing life; don’t sit in your house looking at the girl on Facebook, go get the girl!"
'Hold On To Your Heart' is a cathartic listen, an exorcism of personal demons scored to an invigorating soundtrack through the eyes of a passionate idealist. THE XCERTS writes euphoric
anthems about falling in love no matter how bleak the darkness gets. They capture that magical moment where you first fixed eyes with someone across the room and started feeling butterflies at the
pit of your stomach. The only music THE XCERTS will ever be able to write is going to come straight from the heart and aim straight for the gut. “I am someone who romanticises pretty
much everything and anything” he admits “but I also wanted it to be something pure, real and honest. We want to make people feel like anything is possible whilst listening to this
Murray on the new single - "(new single) 'Daydream' was actually the first song we wrote that made the album as we had written a batch of songs prior that weren't up to scratch. 'Daydream' was the lightbulb moment in regards to the 80's influence which is across the record. Musically it was very much inspired by Rick Springfield and Cheap Trick, we wanted to make an upbeat power pop anthem for people to run wild to and lyrically it's about not taking loved ones for granted. You never know when they'll exit your life, and when they do, it may feel like the things you shared and experienced with them was one big daydream. Cherish love."
The wonderful Brighton based 3 piece THE XCERTS can now announce the release of their huge, brand new single 'Daydream'
Front man Murray Macleod on 'Daydream' - "Daydream was the first song we wrote for the new record and the lightbulb moment in regards to the 80's influence that inhabits it . Musically it was very much inspired by Rick Springfield and Cheap Trick. We wanted to make an upbeat power pop anthem for people to run wild to! It's about not taking loved ones for granted. You never know when they'll exit your life, and when they do, it may feel like the things you shared and experienced with them was one big daydream. Cherish love....And stay tuned for album news next week!"
The wondrous Brighton based 3 piece THE XCERTS can now announce their long awaited return, with their brand new single 'Feels Like Falling In Love', which received its debut on the Radio
1 Rock Show last night (July 2nd) as The Rockest Record (track of the week) and is released on all digital platforms today (Monday July 3rd) through Raygun Records. The band can now also be announced
on 2000trees Festival on Saturday 8th July and will then also be headlining a special, one off headline show at The Social in London for a single release show/party/shin dig.
'Feels Like Falling In Love' is an instant classic, fusing the heady euphoria production and stadium pomp of 80's Springsteen and Tom Petty with the dry, sharp wit of Cheap Trick. A euphoric, exuberant anthem about falling in love written by a romantic realist, soundtracked like the hugest of 80's movie anthems ever,
The track was recorded at Rockfield and Clarksville, produced by Gary Clark and Dave Eringa, mixed by Chris Sheldon and mastered by John Davies. The video was directed by Chris "MUG5" Maguire. An @riotwashere Production
From THE XCERTS front-man Murray Macleod: 'Feels Like Falling In Love' is about discovering a pinhole of light in the dark and turning it into the sun! We basically wanted to capture the feeling of the last scene in the Breakfast Club. Throw on your headphones, turn up the volume, punch the air as hard as possible and go live the best life you possibly can."
"With the video, we wanted to capture the idea of self imprisonment and the fight between light and dark. We worked with an incredible director named Chris Maguire who had a really strong vision and he has produced a video we are all incredibly proud of. This was the first time we had the budget to make a big, bright, lavish pop video so we really went to town on it."
The single is their first new music since the much loved and critically lauded 'There Is Only You' album was released in 2014, and follows on from 3 years touring and playing shows with the likes of Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, Brand New, Deaf Havana, The Amazons, You Me At Six, Manchester Orchestra and more.
THE XCERTS are:
Murray Macleod - Vocals and guitar
Tom Heron - Drums
Jordan Smith - Bass guitar