Brighton 4-piece Black Peaks have returned with their brand new single “Can’t Sleep“, which is released today, Monday March 12th through the band’s new label Rise Records (At The Drive In, Pvris, Of Mice And Men). The single is the band’s first new material in nearly 2 years.
Following a whirlwind couple of years promoting their debut album Statues, Black Peaks returned to the studio in December 2017, this time with producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse, Dashboard Confessional, Everything Everything) at the helm, to record the follow up. “Can’t Sleep” is the first taster of that album, and gives a very strong indication of the growth of the bands sound as well as showcase their key sonic ingredients. This new single is also the first for new bass player Dave Larkin, who joined the band back in late 2017 following the departure of founding bass player, Andrew Gosden.
Of the single, vocalist Will Gardner explains: “The song was written in response to a very difficult time for the band and myself personally. Since writing ‘Statues’, our political environment has seen a big shift, and some extremely xenophobic and racist comments and actions have been aired in the media, at whom a lot of the anger and fire in these lyrics is directed. Whatever your view is politically, this song deals anxiety, paranoia and insomnia, all stemming from being swept along with a decision you do not agree with“.
New boy Dave Larkin (bass) adds: “We haven’t wasted any time since I joined the band – we were straight into writing and finishing off ideas for this album and it all came together so naturally.. Getting into the studio with Ade (producer Adrian Bushby) was definitely the right decision for all of us – he has an incredible high-energy approach to producing, and was just as hyped on everything as we were. We’re all so proud of these songs – the end result is massive. Our first shows back are going to be in May, with a few festivals and a support run with MARMOZETS which we’re over the moon about. They’re a band who we all respect, their new album is killer and we can’t think of a better way to start getting some new music out into the world“.
Watch/listen to “Can’t Sleep” below: