Misery is out now via the band’s new label Close-Up.
Nodding to the Stephen King novel of the same title, this spine-tingling cut impacts as the Kent trio’s first new music of a 2019 that is surely theirs for the taking.
Written after watching the silver-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “Misery” on a grey, dismal Saturday morning worthy of the film’s title, the band found themselves inexplicably driven to create a work of paranoia-preened pop culture of their own. Homing-in on the themes of obsession and deceit that marble through King’s horror masterpiece, Glass Peaks began to weave the evocative lyricism of singer-songwriter Alfie Jeffries around the band’s claustrophobic and pummelling post-rock sound. Building to an exhilarating climax, Misery is an intense, adrenaline-rushing original composition with a restless spirit akin to that which inspired it.
The track will be available as the first release of a brand-new record label: CLOSEUP. A meeting of minds between celebrated LDN live tastemakers CLOSEUP (who coincidentally put on Glass Peaks’ very first show and have been committed to nurturing the band’s development ever since) and the established Modern Sky UK label (The Blinders / Catholic Action), this exciting new label aims to put aesthetics, discovery and innovation at its heart as it champions only the freshest new sounds.
Already being tipped for top by the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy who had the premiere radio spin of Misery on her BBC Introducing Kent show and has publicly praised Glass Peaks as one of her acts destined to break through in 2019.
Speaking about the inspiration for ‘Misery’, frontman Alfie Jefferies says: “Whilst Misery is influenced by the intensity and horror of the Stephen King movie itself, it’s not a direct homage. Misery serves as a representation of our obsessive natures, no matter how big or small. The words paint a picture of what it is really like to crave and desire something. Misery is a gentle tilt of the hat to our feverishly addictive personalities in the modern age.”
Glass Peaks will be touring Misery with a select few dates across the UK this Spring in support of London six-piece Bedroom / Boredom. With multiple sold out shows across London and the South East already to their names, not to mention numerous mettle-proving support slots for the likes of White Lies, The Amazons and Maxïmo Park, the band have established a fearsome live reputation already and these dates are not to be missed.
Glass Peaks 2019 live dates
20 February – Hy Brasil, Bristol
22 February – Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, London