Single Review: The Battles Of Winter, Love’s White Thread

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Originally hailing from London, The Battles of Winter consist of Alistair Gale (vocals/guitar), Lucas Manley (guitar/effects), Graeme Dinning (bass) and Martin Good (drums). With a successful debut album ‘Standing At The Floodgates’ and various live shows, such as support act to Neil Young and The National at Hyde Park, the guys are nurturing a growing fan base. Their sound is reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen and Manchester’s Slow Readers Club (who recently supported James on tour) being dark and slightly sinister.

Love’s White Thread is the first release from the forthcoming album ‘At Once With Tattered Sails‘ and finds the band reflecting on voices and faces long since passed, fragments of memory and “feelings thought lost”.  A military drumbeat sits atop an almost Stereolab-like repetitive bass line before both are usurped by lead singer Alistair Gale’s deadpan vocal. The real show stopping moment however comes in the form of Lucas Manley’s howling guitar as the song’s third act erupts and then collapses in a heap of noise.

At Once With Tattered Sails is the follow up to Standing At The Floodgates, the debut album released to critical acclaim in 2014. At Once With Tattered Sails was recorded through 2015 at Hackney Road Studios with Steve Honest and promises to be “a more menacing, covert and underhand affair” which sounds deliciously dark.

The single is released on May 27th. Pre order link HERE.

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