Hull born four-piece band Lumer unveil their new single today. Titled English Dream, the track takes a bitter look at the parlous state of the country – and it’s not as if there isn’t plenty of material on the subject. Lumer have previous form of focusing on the social and political climate; their EP Disappearing Act, released early 2021, covered a range of topical issues – and nothing appears to have changed for the better. As lead vocalist Alex Evans says about the new work:
“English Dream tries to epitomise my cynical view of my country. Why are you supposed to put so much in for very little in return? There is this constant battle, it seems, to find any form of joy in the political and social climate that we are currently surrounded by. I feel that we have to crawl on our knees for our leaders whilst very little is being done in protest from our people.”
English Dream possesses the angular, jagged post-punk feel that the band have honed. It opens with Ben Morrod’s driving bassline followed by Evans’ broody spoken word vocals. Lumer suffuse the track with an ominous tension and it is beautifully structured, gathering pace to become a harsh plaintive industrial-sounding rail against a system which expects but doesn’t deliver. In fact it’s the build of instrumentation, a slow bubble of menace, that drives the momentum of this track.
The nihilism of the lyrics is very much an expression of these particular times. Any lingering sense of punk’s shouty, visceral anger, and the hope of propelling and galvanising change is gone. In its place, Engish Dream seems to convey a sense of overwhelming tiredness and frustration at a situation that cannot win against a sea of wrongs. The single was recorded with Alex Greaves at The Nave, with the mixing process being carried out by Alex Evans, with guidance from brother William Evans.
Lumer English Dream: release date 25th November 2022
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