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The Xcerts Have Announced The Details Of A Covers EP ‘So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way’

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 2 December 2020 at 10.23

Check out their take on Starship's 'We Built This City' right now.

The Xcerts are back! 

The band have announced 'So No One Told You Life Was Going To Be This Way', a new covers EP set for release on January 15 via Raygun Records.

Vocalist Murray Mcleod had this to say about the concept:

"Since the first lockdown, I've found it fascinating that we are interpreting beloved songs and lyrics, poems, movies, books, tv shows, pieces of art, so differently because of the current climate. The EP features 4 songs that we've always loved and found comfort in, but during this time the lyrics have presented themselves in a different light and each song has taken on a whole new meaning. We wanted to document this time somehow whilst we drive ourselves up the wall waiting to record our next project so we holed ourselves up with our bud Ryan Burnett for a few days, perfected our 'old fashioned' cocktail recipe and pressed record. It was super fun and carefree and it also provided the perfect excuse to finally do a duet with our girl Heights on Complicated by Avril Lavigne.'"

So here's what the artwork looks like:

And the tracklisting like this:

01. We Built This City
02. I Wanna Be Sedated
03. Complicated
04. Inbetween Days

The band have also released the first track from the release, a cover of Starship's 'We Built This City'. Though instead of the bright 80's pomp of the original, this is a much more mournful and melancholic take. 

Murray has also explained why they chose this song in particular and how this strange year has intensified its poignancy:

"I've spent many nights screaming this song at the top of my lungs in bars and on dance floors but i never really gave the lyrical content much thought or time. Our manager initially pitched it to me and i thought musically i could do something quite contrasting to the original but it wasn't until i actually read the words i thought i could do something emotionally charged with it. We, along with so many others are feeling the effects of not being able to work within the live sector of the music industry and lines like 'we just want to dance here, someone stole the stage' / 'who rides the wrecking balls into our guitars?', really hit differently now. I hope music lovers across the globe who listen to this song feel hopeful, defiant and unified when they hear the words "we built this city on rock and roll", because despite what certain members of the British government think, we really fucking did.

"This is the first music video we've shot and directed ourselves and we're so proud of it! Tom captained the ship and we filmed the whole thing in a slightly punk / gorilla style way. Prior to making the video, we'd had a lot of conversations about the aesthetic for our next album campaign and shooting some of our own videos had been mentioned numerous times so I think in making this, it's really instilled some confidence within us that we have the intuition and eye for this side of our creativity."

Here's the track, accompained by a self-directed video:

The band will also be releasing a new full-length next year, serving as a follow-up to '18's 'Hold Onto Your Heart'.

They also released an EP called 'Wildheart Dreaming' last year. That featured 'You Mean Everything', which sounds like this:


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