Tuesday, 26 January 2021

WATCH: Home Counties - 'Modern Yuppies'

Genuinely shocked to find that I've never featured Home Counties on the blog... I've been really loving their Redevelopment EP released in September - the title track and Dad Bod are tunes! Listening back currently, I'm getting quite a Lucy Leave vibe from that EP. New track Modern Yuppies sees the band switch a guitar-laden vibe for a synth-driven sound, partly out of choice, and partly from not being able to reunite with their producer during lockdown. They bought a second-hand analogue synth and a drum machine and this is the first of two self-produced singles to be released via Alcopop! Records.

Vocalist Will Harrison notes on the shift in direction that "synths and drum machines were already something we were very keen to explore and 2020 provided us with an unexpected amount of free time to experiment. We dialled the disco influences up to the max and totally embraces that 70s-cop-drama vibe for this pair of stand-alone singles. It feels like a bold declaration of who we are and it definitely gives a clearer taste of where we're heading for our next EP." 

On the track's lyrics, he adds "the song is a comparison between the young urban professionals of the 1980s to those of today. It discusses the differences, the way that arrogance and conservatism have made way for self-doubt and socially 'liberal' political positions. Ultimately however, they are both plagued by the same condition - of constantly needing more." 

On the video, Will explains that "a zero budget video feels very fitting for Modern Yuppies. The song was written and recorded in the November lockdown when we found ourselves unable to go back to the studio. Stuck inside, we spent the month sending the stems back and forth. The plan was to emerge from lockdown and head straight to London for a photo and videoshoot in December but things did not go to plan and we soon found ourselves trapped again. We actually put this video together the day before the single release. I think you can see the isolation taking its toll on us. I spent my hour of daily exercise playing synth to some local sheep." 

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