Rising Liverpool shoegazers summarize a unique year in our lives
There can be no doubt that 2020 will go down as one of the most difficult years in most of our lives. The arts and culture in particular has found itself taking a backseat in the plans of the government and financial support. However, miraculously there are still some terrific pieces of music being released in this difficult time, and none more so than the incredible new single from SHARDS.
Based in Liverpool, an area of the UK currently under the strictest COVID-19 lockdown rules, the rising indie group was building a reputation in the Northern city for their unique brand of dreamy, psychedelic shoegaze. They performed at some of the most revered festivals in the city and supported the likes of Black Honey and Tim Burgess before the virus hit.
SHARDS’ new single “2020 (I Want To Go Home)” is the voice of a lost generation of artists – with little hope in sight for the future. It’s the sound of a despondent arts sector that’s been ignored and shelved by a government. There’s a deep sense of melancholy in this effervescent new single.
“2020 encompasses the feeling of safety, nostalgia and the comfort of youth,” the band shared. “A feeling of everything in its right place, approaching adulthood, this feeling is ripped away, revealing all the anxieties of life and coming of age.”
Give it a spin below.