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Bristol Punks Grand Collapse Share Track From Upcoming Album

Grand Collapse will release another instalment of their potent fusion of rapid hardcore, thrash metal and punk next month with ‘Empty Plinths.’

The first taste of the Bristol-based band’s third album comes with advance track ‘Panic Room’, one of a growing strain of self-reflective songs that sit neatly alongside their more political preoccupations.

Singer Calvin said: “Topically we’ve set our sights on disingenuous clergy, underhand police tactics during a health crisis and trophy hunters who claim to be conservationists amongst other things. We’re not pulling any punches here.

“It’s a vehement attack on the injustice all around us. I’d love to write about love or something funny happening on the way to the shops but it’s hard when your bullshit detector is always bleeping away!”

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The album’s artwork is a woodcut by long-term band collaborator and artist John Abell and shows the statue of Edward Colston toppling in Bristol last year. Now, where the slave trader once looked down on pedestrians, there’s now just an empty plinth.

Empty Plinths – the album – is, Calvin said: “Heavier, darker sounding with some melody laced through the aggro and a few twists and turns along the way”. It’s also the first Grand Collapse album to feature new bassist Blag. “It was great to have a new perspective during the writing process and I think that comes through on the tunes,” Calvin said.

Continuing the intensely political approach seen in their debut, Far From the Callous Crowd, and follow-up Along the Dew, the new album’s 11 tracks were written during Spring 2020 and the UK’s first Covid lockdown.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Lewis Johns at Southampton’s The Ranch Production House in August 2020, Empty Plinths is available to pre-order now and will be released by TNS Records on 6 August.

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