Wars have released a brand new track ‘A Hell Behind My Eyes’, the first instalment of ‘Chapter Three’ from their upcoming album A Hundred Shivers.
A tempestuous voyage through moody verses, elating choruses and some of the bands most thunderous riffs to date, ‘A Hell Behind My Eyes’ sees wars boldly stand face to face with their demons. Thematically anchored in daily struggles with self esteem and positivity, the track is an apt and relatable anthem for these unprecedented times that we’re living in.
“At some point, evidently, you have to stop saying ‘it’s a strange time to release music’, and just do it,” the band exclaims. “As the UK at least comes in and out of lockdowns and teeters on the brink of better days before needing to sink back into isolation, we feel so lucky that we’re able to actually do that now and finally begin the third chapter of A Hundred Shivers.
“’A Hell Behind My Eyes’ is our first single from it, and is a journey into the ravaged landscape that often lays beneath. Some of us have our hardest days underneath a cloak of ‘hellos’ and ‘doing greats’ and ‘you toos’, and in these times it can feel even more separate – like there’s a whole world in our heads that swallows us up the moment it’s given half a chance. It’s also, hopefully, a message to those that are struggling, that they are not alone.”
Wars released ‘Chapter One’ at the very beginning of last year, which is made up of the tracks ‘Only Monsters’ and ‘A Fog Of Feeling’. ‘Chapter Two’ arrived a few months later, which was comprised of ‘Murmurs’ and ‘I Don’t Feel A Thing’. With more to come throughout 2021, the chapters will form their upcoming second albumA Hundred Shivers, which will be released this year.
“A Hundred Shivers began life as this expansion of the ideas we started with on the EP, ‘As Within /// So Without’, and it’s grown and snaked even broader than we originally thought it might. That idea of internal chaos and disorder reflecting out onto the world around you remains, and we talk within that about the relentlessness of just existing in society now; the impact losing yourself has on those around you; escape; guilt; fear… We’re still in awe of the fact we get a platform to go all in on these ideas and bring them out.”
Releasing an album in ‘chapters’ may be untraditional, yet according to Rob, that was part of the appeal. “It means we can wrap all our little communications around each individual selection of songs really tightly, and be creative in a tonne of different spaces, all over the course of this one record.
A Hundred Shivers is being produced by Matt O’Grady, who has also worked with Architects, Don Broco, Deaf Havana, and You and Me at Six.