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North East musicians Violet Chimes, comprised of Jamie Harwood (vocals and guitar) and John Farrer (bass and vocals), are set to release their second studio album this month, Sign of the Chimes.

The band’s previous record, All At Sea, garnered comparisons to The Smiths, albeit mainly for the atmospheric instrumentals and less as a direct comparison to Morrissey himself. I’d imagine that the band would also put some distance between Morrissey’s political views and their own, as new track Fell For It laments the heist that was the EU referendum. I would be tempted to say the lyrics were controversial, if they weren’t also undeniably true. Helpfully, the track’s music video has already made it onto YouTube, if the lyricism hadn’t already painted a clear enough picture. It’s one of the highlights on the forthcoming album which also includes the excellent Still Swoon, a nod to Swoon-era Prefab Spout. The similarities with the likes of Don’t Stop are obvious, which is a sizeable compliment for a band looking to carry a similarly infectious sound to some of the most beloved pop music of the 1980s.

The Violet Chimes release Sign of the Chimes on 26th October

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