British alt-rock trio Press to MECO have unveiled a spooky new video for ‘Familiar Ground’, the latest single to be taken from their upcoming album “Here’s To The Fatigue” out on 30th March 2018 via Marshall Records.
Drummer/vocalist Lewis Williams explains the concept of the song and video: “Familiar Ground talks about questioning the desire to reignite a past relationship even though you are remembering a completely idealised version of it. The video plays upon the themes of the chorus lyrics and shows a couple trying to make a toxic relationship work and inevitably failing… and it all falling apart…(literally).”
Check out ‘Familiar Ground’ here: https://youtu.be/j6ELFmsC3y8
You can check out the artwork and track listing for “Here’s To The Fatigue” below:
2. Familiar Ground
3. Here’s to the Fatigue
4. If All Your Parts Don’t Make a Whole
5. Skip the Crawl
6. A Place in it All
8. A Quick Fix
9. Itchy Fingers
10. The Things That We Don’t Talk About
11. White Knuckling
Pre-orders are available at the following link: https://fanlink.to/presstomeco
Check out the previously released videos from “Here’s To The Fatigue”:
If All Your Parts Don’t Make A Whole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYuCzyemaXk
Here’s To The Fatigue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-pmGdsb8NQ
Press to MECO have had a busy start to 2018 having set out on tours with Arcane Roots and Don Broco, following the announcement of their signing to Marshall Records.
You can catch Press to MECO on the remaining dates of their tour with Don Broco:
17 Feb Leeds, O2 Academy
20 Feb Aberdeen, Garage More live shows to be announced soon. www.presstomeco.com
About “Here’s To The Fatigue”
“Everyone feels emotions.” Sometimes the simplest phrases are the most powerful. Certainly, it’s the choice of words Crawley trio Press to MECO arrive at when discussing their second album, Here’s To The Fatigue.
“It’s easy to get annoyed and frustrated at life sometimes, or the state of the world in general,” says drummer and lyricist Lewis Williams. “But we want to write about these things from a human, emotional point of view, because those feelings are universal – everyone can relate to them.”
Written in Lewis’ garage throughout 2015-16, with the band often trying to jam an idea down to its very core elements, on Here’s To The Fatigue PTM are continuing to build using giant choruses, shiny, layered vocals and simple, yet fiendishly cunning guitar melodies as on their 2015 Good Intent debut, taking in influences as wide and varied as Fall Out Boy, Arcane Roots, SiKth and Muse. Press to MECO have grown on this new album, not by taking huge, mile-long strides into the unknown, but by getting “much, much better at what we can do,” according to Luke. But it’s in what’s behind the music that adds the real spark.
Lewis recalls working on the lyrics during a time when he describes himself as feeling “sort of lost. I’d reached a point, as many people do, where you’re looking around at your life and wondering what’s next. There’s loads of really crazy things going on in the world right now as well. With all of that mixed together, it all fed into the lyrics.”
Often working on a laptop in his garden, the lyrics that make up songs like Familiar Ground, the rousing If All Your Parts Don’t Make A whole and the impatient Itchy Fingers sit at odds with their upbeat, happy-sounding music. Nowhere moreso than on the riffy, anthemic The Things That We Don’t Talk About, the song all three members of the band pick as a favourite from the record.
“There’s loads of really important, big things that people just don’t talk about,” explains Lewis. “Like, death is the biggest thing that will ever happen to you, it’s all around us, but it’s a thing nobody ever really wants to talk or think about. It’s exploring that idea, that so many big things go unsaid.”
This isn’t to say Press to MECO are mired in misery. Quite the opposite. In fact, that’s the point behind the whole thing, write large in the album’s title: ‘Oh well, let’s keep going.’
“That’s exactly it!” grins Luke. “It’s almost like saying, ‘Well, life can be hard sometimes, the world can be a tough place, but we’re still here – cheers!’”
“We like to mess with people a bit like that,” adds Lewis. “You’re listening to this really melodic, happy sounding music, and then a line will just jump out at you and you’ll go, ‘Oh…’ It gives the whole thing an entirely new perspective.”
Also giving Press to MECO new perspective is working with American producer Machine on the new album in Austin, Texas. Known for his work with an array of bands from Fall Out Boy and Four Year Strong to the heavier sounds of Lamb Of God and Miss May I, the band plumped for him because, “He can make a band sound like themselves.”
“He really listens and tries to make your record sound like its own, individual thing,” says Luke. “It’s not like he goes, ‘Oh, here’s a heavy bit,’ and does the same thing he’d do for Lamb Of God. He really works with you to bring out the personality of you and the songs.”
Having announced their signing with Marshall Records in January, Here’s To The Fatigue looks set to continue the upward trajectory Press to MECO are already set on, having toured heavily with the likes of Sikth, Arcane Roots and Funeral For A Friend over the last few years. And though struggling to put a definitive tag on what they do (“Pop-punk-post-hardcore-rock?” suggests Luke with a laugh, before simply settling on “Rock”), Here’s To The Fatigue’s intelligent mix of sounds and depth of universal emotions could well see the band becoming one of the hottest British artists of 2018. Here’s to that…