Better Than That
Cat no. 4050538374995
Limited 10" with Download. 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. ‰ÛÏYou can do better than that,‰ he sings. ‰ÛÏHit 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: ‰ÛÏWhite fascists in the White House / More beetroot in your Russian stew‰ and: ‰ÛÏNRA high fives / Orlando, Sandy Hook and Columbine‰. The EP closes with the melancholy Broken By The Hurt, which multi-instrumentalist Saul Davies describes as ‰ÛÏunsettling and a bit disturbing.‰ He adds: ‰ÛÏIt 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.