Listen to Seatbelts new single 'A World Drained of Wonder'
After announcing themselves to the world with the up-beat earworm Hey, Hey Tiger!, Liverpool quartet Seatbelts have released details of their new single A World Drained Of Wonder ahead of a flurry of summer shows.
Seatbelts are the new project from one half of Hooton Tennis Club’s, Ryan Murphy and James Madden. Formed in late 2017, the name was coined when the pair pondered what 'The Beatles' would spell out backwards over an intoxicated phone call - resulting in the quasi-anagram, 'Seatbelts'.
Madden explains: “The connotations around seat belts fitted so well with our current technology fried brains, the sense of feeling restricted to a screen and strapped into a life that has become pretty automated."
The second single from their forthcoming EP Songs For Vonnegut showcases the darker side of Madden and Murphy’s song writing, taking a more straight up, classic ‘ballad’ rock approach. The lyrics and instrumentation are a strange hybrid of Kurt Vonnegut’s grey-sided science fiction, and the atmospheric melancholy of Lee Hazelwood’s Trouble is a Lonesome Town. The result is spectral landscape filled with elements of reflective futility, frustration and vulnerability – all present in Madden’s voice as he sings: “Frozen fearing fortune fades, worried we made a big mistake.” A World Drained of Wonder plays out elegiacally for a society deprived of inspiration.
Madden describes the writing process: “I used these harsh realities to set the backdrop and atmosphere of the song, relating it to something I was personally feeling in my life and the people around me. Empty experiences, empty desires and the redundant nature of machines doing more for us in life and what that does to human will.”
Listen to the song here.
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