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Mystery Jets Announce Sixth Album 'A Billion Heartbeats' And November UK Tour

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Phoebe Fox

Mystery Jets have announced details of their sixth album, ’A Billion Heartbeats’.

The follow up to 2016’s ’Curve Of The Earth’ is scheduled to arrive on September 27 and is said to be the band’s most politically driven yet. It will be followed by a UK tour during November. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on August 9.

The record’s first single is Screwdriver, which takes a look at the rise of the "rebranded alt-right" in the UK with a powerfully positive message, "fight them with love, then the world will be ours". Vocalist Blaine Harrison said:

"Screwdriver is about the mechanics of intolerance. Looking back at times of economic instability in history, we see how easily deep chasms grow in society and the population seeks change wherever it is most convincingly promised. Conflict arises as cultures and belief systems clash, unwilling to accept one another’s place in society, because we are fed the rhetoric that our neighbours are those responsible for our problems: then inevitably nationalism once more raises its ugly head above the parapet. But whereas political agendas fuel divisiveness, music unites and reminds us of all that we have in common.

"The message of Screwdriver is not a pessimistic one - because perhaps faced with confrontation we can find understanding, and even maybe learn how to listen to, and love one another."

The band open for Johnny Marr at the Nile Rodgers curated Meltdown Festival on August 8. They’ll also close up the Alternative Stage on the Saturday of Leeds Festival to celebrate Transgressive’s 15th Anniversary Takeover.

Mystery Jets Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue November 05 2019 - CAMBRIDGE Junction 1
Wed November 06 2019 - BIRMINGHAM Birmingham The Mill
Thu November 07 2019 - NORWICH UEA The Waterfront
Sun November 10 2019 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Riverside
Mon November 11 2019 - EDINBURGH Caves
Tue November 12 2019 - GLASGOW Oran Mor
Thu November 14 2019 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy 2
Fri November 15 2019 - LEEDS Wardrobe
Sat November 16 2019 - HULL Welly (W:1)
Mon November 18 2019 - BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Tue November 19 2019 - BRISTOL Bristol Trinity
Wed November 20 2019 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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