James - Better Than That EP
James return with their EP Better That That on Infectious Music and the first music to come from the band’s studio sessions with producer Charlie Andrew (alt-J, Wolf Alice).
In the EP’s title track ‘Better Than That’, Booth urges the universe to do its worst, like a man squaring up to life itself. “You can do better than that,” he sings. “Hit me again and show me where I’m cracked.”
Never been a band inclined to shy away from politics. On ‘Hank’ singer and lyricist Tim Booth turns his eye on Donald Trump’s American carnage. He sings of: “White fascists in the White House / More beetroot in your Russian stew” and: “NRA high fives / Orlando, Sandy Hook and Columbine”.
The EP closes with the melancholy ‘Broken By The Hurt’, which multi-instrumentalist Saul Davies describes as “unsettling and a bit disturbing.” He adds: “It could easily have been a sweet ballad in different hands. Instead it’s dark, but it still has those pop elements and a guitar line influenced by ‘Wish’-era The Cure.”
1. Better Than That
4. Broken By The Hurt
Genre: Indie & Alternative
Format: 10" vinyl
Cat Number: 4050538374995
Released: 18 May 2018