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Tyneside-by-way-of-Sheffield based band Ten Eighty Trees have recently unveiled their new single, Something In The Blood. It’s a thought-provoking track from the alt. rockers which explores themes of male mental health. We spoke to frontman Nathan Newton to find out more about the band’s inspirations.

How would you describe your sound?
Big, loud, moreish rock. 

Briefly describe the songwriting process
There is no real set in stone Ten Eighty formula when it comes to writing songs. It really differs from song to song. For instance, a song like Something in the Blood was essentially brought to the practice room fully formed and came together very quickly because of that. However, a track like Lip Service was a much more collaborative songwriting experience taking on numerous guises before we settled upon a definitive structure from the song. Most of the time I feel each song demands a rethink in how we approach songwriting which is quite an exciting prospect. 

What is your new single Something In The Blood about? What do you hope people take from the new track?
The song was written after the passing of a lad I used to knock about with from time to time when I was younger.

He had a history of mental health difficulties in his family and it felt like more could

have been done to understand and treat his condition before it was too late. He was failed by an underfunded system that didn’t properly acknowledge just how much he was struggling.

Something In The Blood is a song for those who may be experiencing these personal adversities and a plea for people to have compassion when confronted with them.

Have you any live shows coming up?
We played a one-off show at Newcastle Cluny back in November which was absolutely mental! The room was completely packed out and felt like a real watershed moment for us. We are currently putting together a plan for 2020 so keep an ear to the ground for future announcements. 

How would you sum up 2019?
2019 has been Ten Eighty pinnacle of everything we’ve done so far as a band. This year we’ve released four of our best tracks, played in front of our largest audiences to date, and put things in motion for the future that will hopefully mean 2020 is yet another giant leap forward for the band.



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