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James return with their EP Better That That on Infectious Music and the first music to come from the band’s studio sessions with producer Charlie Andrew (alt-J, Wolf Alice).
In the EP’s title track ‘Better Than That’, Booth urges the universe to do its worst, like a man squaring up to life itself. “You can do better than that,” he sings. “Hit me again and show me where I’m cracked.”
Never been a band inclined to shy away from politics. On ‘Hank’ singer and lyricist Tim Booth turns his eye on Donald Trump’s American carnage. He sings of: “White fascists in the White House / More beetroot in your Russian stew” and: “NRA high fives / Orlando, Sandy Hook and Columbine”.
The EP closes with the melancholy ‘Broken By The Hurt’, which multi-instrumentalist Saul Davies describes as “unsettling and a bit disturbing.” He adds: “It could easily have been a sweet ballad in different hands. Instead it’s dark, but it still has those pop elements and a guitar line influenced by ‘Wish’-era The Cure.”
1. Better Than That
4. Broken By The Hurt