Mystery Jets announce 2016 tour dates and share new single ‘Telomere’ – listen

The track is the first to be taken from the band's forthcoming fifth album 'Curve Of The Earth'

Mystery Jets have shared the first single to be taken from their forthcoming fifth album ‘Curve Of The Earth’. You can listen to ‘Telomere’ below.

The band premiered the track on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music radio show today (November 30).

Speaking to NME, frontman Blaine Harrison explained he came up with the idea for the song after reading Patti Smith’s book, Just Kids. “There’s this great line in there where she said “the victories and the plights of your ancestors live through you in your blood”. I started thinking about ancestry and I wonder if, all the people who’ve come before you in your bloodline, if part of them does live on in your essence.”

He continued: “Telomeres are the things that keep your DNA together. I think, in essence, what [the song is] about is that there’s something in your blood that will never die, that’s bigger than human life. It’s some way coded into your DNA strands.”

‘Curve Of The Earth’ will be released on January 15, 2016 via Caroline International. The LP was recorded at a “disused button factory” in east London.

The album has also been described as “the band’s most personal and musically definitive record to date”.

Mystery Jets will play a special gig at Ramsgate Music Hall on Thursday (December 3), to celebrate the venue being named NME’s Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s. It will be one of the first UK gigs where the band have played material from the new album, following an intimate show at London’s ICA earlier this month.

During that gig, the group played ‘Curve Of The Earth’ in its entirety – an experience guitarist William Rees described as “nerve-wracking”. “I only realised the minute I walked on stage that nobody had actually heard any of it,” he said. “It was definitely a challenge.”

“We’ve been trying to write one of those records since we started out – something that can be played together as a whole and not be pulled apart,” added Harrison.

Mystery Jets will head out on tour next February, including an NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas gig at London’s Electric Brixton. Ekkah, Declan McKenna and Son will support across the run of dates. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday December 4.

Mystery Jets will play:

Dublin, Whelan’s (February 12)
London, Electric Brixton (16)
Birmingham, O2 Institute2 (18)
Manchester, Gorilla (19)
Glasgow, Art School (20)

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