Home Counties – ‘Dividing Lines’

Home Counties unveils synth-laced album teaser ‘Dividing Lines’

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Home Counties image via Alex Amoros

Serving as a tantalizing preview of their upcoming debut album, ‘Dividing Lines’ is a dynamic track filled with eclectic influences and infectious energy.

‘Dividing Lines’ marks the exhilarating culmination of Home Counties’ journey towards their highly anticipated debut album. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of sources, including early 2000s pop, Confidence Man’s euphoric performances, LCD Soundsystem, The Slits, and Talking Heads, the track is the final teaser from the album. On it the band delves into themes of exclusivity and barriers to entry, drawing parallels between the music industry and the complexities of land ownership.

Vocalist/guitarist Will Harrison elaborates on the song’s inspiration, reflecting on his experiences during lockdown and the broader implications of social exclusion:

“The inspiration for ‘Dividing Lines’ came from moving back home to the countryside during lockdown and having little to do except walk. From encountering countless ‘no trespass’ signs and barbed wire fences, I became obsessed with the right to roam and land reform. Revisiting a demo called ‘Cowbell’ about the insularity of the post-punk scene of the time, I started drawing parallels between the social exclusion of land ownership and similar tendencies within the music industry.

“Both the landed gentry and the music industry tend to reproduce themselves only within a closed social circle, and often along familial lines. There’s also a similar reliance on informal arrangements, the ‘no contracts signed’ nature of the industry which helps upkeep its exclusivity, maintaining similar dividing lines to that of landowners vs the rest.”

Produced entirely by guitarist Conor Kearney, Exactly As It Seems captures the essence of Home Counties’ electrifying live performances, blending genres seamlessly while maintaining a focus on irresistible melodies.

Be sure to catch Home Counties out on the road starting in May.

Live Dates:

May 3 – Third Man Blue Basement, London (Album Launch)
May 5 – Sound City, Liverpool
May 7 – YES Basement, Manchester
May 8 – Broadcast, Glasgow
May 9 – FOCUS Wales, Wrexham
May 10 – Headrow House, Leeds
May 11 – Are You Listening Festival, Reading
May 13 – Hare + Hounds 2, Birmingham
May 14 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
May 17 – The Great Escape, Brighton
May 18 – Get Together Festival, Sheffield
May 22 – Oslo, London
May 25 – Dot 2 Dot, Bristol
May 26 – Dot 2 Dot, Nottingham
July 28 – Deer Shed Festival

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