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Songwriting is a tricky job, and I for one do not envy it at all. Writing something catchy with enough meaning to be relatable and philosophical but without disappearing up one’s backside is a delicate balance. North East rockers Ten Eighty Trees have accepted this challenge for their new single, Born Free.

No, it isn’t an homage to that 1960s film about a partially domesticated lion cub. Instead, it’s a brutally honest take on personal ambitions versus social expectations. Rich guitar riffs and intricate basslines reiterate this band as one of the most exciting ensembles to come out of the region in recent years. And although the lyrics “I’m begging for your uterus walls” are a brave choice for a ‘wish I’d never been born’ synonym, their intent is loud and clear. Because let’s be real for a second: us lot born and raised in the North East have drawn a short straw; we’re underfunded, undervalued and under-represented, so it’s no surprise really that this anthem for the underestimated comes out of our region.

Ten Eighty Trees have the opportunity here to write a bit of their own destiny – maybe we should all take a leaf out of their book and do the same.

Ten Eighty Trees release Born Free on 5th February


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