Home Counties tackle gentrification on ‘Redevelopment’

It's their cracker of a debut single!

It’s their cracker of a debut single!

Home Counties get political on their debut single ‘Redevelopment’. With support from Huw Stephens already checked, the band are set to release their debut EP later this year.

Channelling audible earmarks of the likes of Parquet Courts and contemporaries Squid and Feet, Home Counties new single is an energetic tour-de-force on gentrification. Pummelling drumbeats and spiky guitars propel the track forwards before abating to gang vocals, urgent chants and squealing synth. As introductions go, this is a fine one.

“’Redevelopment’ is about town redevelopment,” Home Counties explain of their debut single. “Lyrically, the first half of the song takes the view of 1960s redevelopers, with the second half addressing the tearing down of modernist buildings and replacing them with gentrified luxury flats.

“The song points out that these ideas of nostalgia, urban decay and progress come around in cycles,” they continue. “Fundamentally, it suggests that we should be as wary of arguments against redevelopment, as of redevelopment itself.”

‘Redevelopment’ is available now.