Pete Beat – Before The War

With his highly anticipated new album ‘Before The War’ set to land on the 16th April, Newcastle’s Pete Beat has now returned to continue the support for his new full-length with the record’s title-track.

Following on from the previously shared delights ‘Drinking Lager’ and ‘Homesick Night’, ‘Before The War’ sees him take a vastly different direction. While the first two showcased his more driven and brooding intensity, this new cut channels a retro swing aesthetic that becomes very intentional when you here how he describes the meaning behind his new album. Talking about the track, he said, “This is a song for peace, with the message that remote wars we in the West see on TV may eventually roll around to our shores.  

“A certain section of people complain about refugees coming into the country, without really considering what they would do in their shoes. Would they all really stay and fight? I doubt it.  

“A lot of those people also vote for governments who continue to bomb remote countries, or who sour international relations, increasing the likelihood of widespread war in the future. 

“The style of the music is inspired by the British dance band sound of the 1930s, a period before WWII which has some parallels with today such as the rise of right-wing nationalism. 

“Hopefully I’m wrong and the title of a future song will be “All Is Well In The World.”


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