A Ready Defense follows the previous Feather Trade single Big Nobody, released in July, and comes ahead of their debut studio album, recorded with US producer Matt Yelton (Pixies, Frank Black & The Catholics) and scheduled for released in the Spring of 2024.
Speaking about A Ready Defense, Chisolm Thompson from the band says: “The song came to me in a fever dream when I was very ill while visiting family during a holiday season a few years ago. I wouldn’t say this was ever meant to be a ‘Christmas’ song as such, but it’s a song about winter and how I believe it is, after all these centuries, still the hardest time of the year for humanity. Deep down I think it brings out our best nature to want to look for the greater good in everyone, but I think we’re often tortured by the inability to find ways to do it.
“I’ve always struggled with guilt during the season of celebrating, knowing there’s so much loss out there during a time of excess, with so many with so little. It’s always most tragic when we’ve lost good friends to crushing loneliness, substance abuse, the weight of the world. I often reflect on the power of acknowledgement of other people. I often dwell on the homeless and the lonely and wish there was a way to give something more to people. Sometimes it seems the mid-winter season is the time when everyone genuinely endeavors to acknowledge and celebrate the existence of one another; of the recognition of dignity in someone else’s humanity.”
To coincide with the single release, Feather Trade will play the following live dates:
Sat 11 LEEDS Lending Room
Wed 22 NOTTINGHAM The Chapel
Thu 23 YORK Fulford Arms
Tue 28 OXFORD The Bullingdon (with The Chameleons)
Feather Trade cross boundaries with an integrity and raw, passionate honesty that’s quietly vanishing across the musical landscape. Their songs are rallying calls to the disenfranchised, the politically and sexually marginalised, and to anyone watching in dismay as the commodification of society, and the arts in particular, gathers pace.
There is a timelessness to their sound – the white noise fury of Nirvana; the shimmering dark beauty of The Chameleons; the angular, art-punk world view captured by Pixies – yet the band remain firmly rooted in today’s struggles, writing deeply personal elegies that resonate with those navigating their way through our current confusions and challenges. Their sound is immersive; their message for us all.
Feather Trade have toured with bands such as The Soft Moon, Deerhoof, Florence and The Machine, Daniel Johnston, The Maccabees, Benefits and Spear Of Destiny, gaining new followers wherever they played; were invited to perform at the Leeds Futurama Festival alongside the likes of The Blinders and Peter Hook & The Light; and will end this year by supporting the legendary The Chameleons.