Cambridge-based trio the British IBM have announced details of their second album ‘Psychopaths Dream In Black and White’. The new record will be released on 4th September with new track ‘We Were The Stars’ – the first track taken from the new record, available to stream below.
Commenting on the track, frontman Adrian Killens says; “It started out life as a simple acoustic song and grew into something slightly more orchestral after we began to layer string sections played by the awesome Anna Scott who also appeared on our first album. After talking to a church band that happened to be rehearsing in the studio one day, I got to asking about choirs – one thing led to another and a few of choir members came in one Saturday morning. Lyrically it’s quite a dark track, although it may not sound like it, about the self-realisation of a business man coming to terms with his complete lack of empathy and realising that possessing this quality will actually lead to a fairly stress free life in which he can thrive.”
Offering a gentle mesh of indie rock and down-tempo, folk-tinged Americana the new material is reminiscent of the husky, melancholic dirges of Lambchop combined with the sensitive song-writing of the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Perfume Genius. With an aesthetic recalling the bizarre retro-futurist world of Richard Ayoade’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s literary classic The Double, the band launched in 2012 fronted by singer/songwriter Adrian Killens, joined live by David Martin (bass) and Paul Richards (percussion).
Their forthcoming new record includes an array of overdubs and guest spots including a contribution from cellist Anna Scott, Neil ‘Bugs’ Rogers on drums and Chad Young on bass, both of whom played in Hofman, which was fronted by Steve Adams of the Broken Family Band. Recorded at Half Ton Studios, the album looks set to further deepen the trio’s wistful sound, taking the ramshackle charm of Guided By Voices at their most melodic and adding a boyish enthusiasm that tips its hat to both Weezer and Matthew Sweet.
“The new record is an emotional album about unemotional people” explains Killens of the release “If it were a film it would be a cross between American Psycho and Fight Club.”
The group’s 2012 debut self-titled album—produced with Neil “Bugs” Rogers—featured title track ‘the British IBM’ which garnered acclaim with its use in the trailer for 2014 documentary film “From Bedrooms to Billions”, outlining the story of the British video games industry from 1979 to present day. The video for the track also featured TV presenter Iain Lee of The 11 O’Clock Show fame, gaining support from The 405, GoldFlakePaint, Shout4Music and Q Radio which lead to appearances at Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Cambridge Rock Festival, Green Man Festival, Stockton Calling and more.