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The cross-Channel trio UNDER 45 is back with a new gesture in the
form of a full lenght album. About 3 years after their first effort,
the band goes further into their musical blend. This is still some kind
of electrifying post-punk that makes you bang your head
from the first second and everything you loved about their first songs
is still here but there is also more to expect and more
to enjoy. UNDER 45 hits the mark with 10 new irresistibly sarcastic
songs that you will find yourself humming instantly and
that’s what we sorely need.
Let's see what Jake, the band's singer, has to tell us about "Stonewalled" :
"It's a natural progression from our previous release. Still
wanting to keep the same energy and rawness from before but also open to
try some new ideas.
We share different musical backgrounds and influences and that
definitely helps keep the sound fresh and exciting (to us at least). The
was different from last time as lockdowns had subsided and we were
finally able to come together and rehearse in the flesh, like a real
This definitely helped speed up things, and ideas were shared more
coherently. We always work pretty efficiently in the practice room as
together is quite often limited, so when we do get a chance to practice,
it’s all gung ho! Sometimes a song could be done and dusted in one
The lyrical content of the songs are mainly coming from an
observational viewpoint. Whether that be from my (Jake) personal
experiences in life,
or imagining someone else's. The topics vary and can sometimes be quite
serious and politically charged, whereas others can be more absurd,
and cheek so to speak. In my view, our world is chaotic and I try to
reflect that in the lyrics.
The album title “Stonewalled” is a reference, or a dig at our
political leaders, people in power etc who hold great responsibilities
yet have become
finely tuned experts in being evasive, avoiding contact, refusing to
answer questions, and not engaging with the people. They stonewall us."