‘Bethnal Green’ is the first new music from the band since 2022 EP In A Middle English Town.
Mixing danceable David Byrne-esque punk with the forward momentum of 00’s indie pop, Home Counties step from their pointed guitar post punk to lean into the sweet embrace of synthesisers on ‘Bethnal Green’.
The track itself was the first new offering which Home Counties wrote after relocating to a shared band flat in Bethnal Green and the first to feature new vocalist Lois Kelly.
“Hearing Lois’ voice on the track really expanded our idea of what Home Counties could and should be,” the band explain. “The song is about the experience of being an active participant in the gentrification of an area, and the conflicting feelings of guilt that come with trying to justify your presence there.”
Formed in Bristol, Home Counties announced themselves with ‘White Shirt / Clean Shirt‘ in 2021 before taking their tracks on the road. The 6-piece are celebrating the release of ‘Bethnal Green’ with a show at Soho’s St Moritz Club tonight (13th Sep).
Photo credit: Lily Doidge