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Formed from the ashes of previous band What We Call Progress, newly formed trio Binaries unleash their debut single, Hush Money, which ponders how much of our lives is mediated by technology and the power structures they operate in. Here, the band tell us about themselves and what they’ve got up their sleeves over the coming months…

Who are you and where are you from?
Hello! We’re Binaries – John (vocals/guitar), David (electronic noises) and Ivy (drums). We’re from Northumberland/North Tyneside.

What is it you do?
We make big sounding alt. rock music with roots in the 90s. Our songs are about an equal mix of emotional introspection, cultural commentary and character-based observation.

How long have you been doing it?
As Binaries, not long. We’ve been working on a studio album for the past year – it’s ready now and we’re dead excited to release it. We used to be a band called What We Call Progress but took a break during Covid to focus on writing more songs. From 2021, we started working more collaboratively with Ivy, who’d joined our previous iteration as live drummer. She soon became a growing influence on our sound, and we all felt it made more sense to start again with a different name and identity.

What inspires you?
Honestly, looking at the state of the world in two thousand and twenty four it’s often difficult to find genuine sources of hope and inspiration. Our current ‘inspiration’ is more a reaction to the bleak, nugatory comfort of modern social technology that appears to be leading us through a quiet, calm decline.
Being creative in this context feels almost like a protest – finding an authentic emotional connection to something truthful, whether that be internally or with others, seems increasingly essential. Like an inversion of doom scrolling, writing music takes us to that place and we love it for that.

Tell us about your music
The through line of the album is about how much of our lives is mediated by technology, and particularly the unrealised promise of social media to fix people – whilst slowly eroding their autonomy and self-belief. Oh, and Binley Mega Chippy.

What have you got coming up in the future?
Our first single, Hush Money, is out now on all the usual streaming services. Our lawyers told us to say that its proximity to a certain current, high profile hush money trial is purely coincidental. The album will be out in Autumn 2024, with further singles before then.

Where can people find out more about you?
We’re @binariesband on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter/X. Go here for everything: https://linktr.ee/binariesband

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