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Cambridge band Standing Like Statues’ new EP out now

The alternative rockers’ second release, Reality Checkpoint, is mainly about hope and love.

Standing Like Statues. Picture: Daniel Ackerley
Standing Like Statues. Picture: Daniel Ackerley

Standing Like Statues are launching their long-awaited sophomore EP, Reality Checkpoint – the follow-up to 2015’s Makeup and Mind Games – today (Friday, November 13).

Produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me the Horizon), the four-track EP was played for the first time on BBC Cambridgeshire last month.

The Best Kind of Anxiety, the EP’s second single, came out on October 30 – first single, the very well-received Skylines, was released on October 9.

Formed in 2015, Standing Like Statues have previously supported We Are The Ocean, Decade, Fort Hope and Courage My Love, and have also featured on BBC Look East.

Inspired by the likes of 30 Seconds to Mars and Biffy Clyro, the alt-rock quintet consists of lead vocalist and songwriter Jamie Wiltshire, drummer and Jamie’s co-songwriter Effy Dalton, Nigel Ferguson on lead guitar, Meitar Blumenfeld on rhythm guitar and bass player, Chris Kontos.

Standing Like Statues. Picture: Daniel Ackerley
Standing Like Statues. Picture: Daniel Ackerley

Jamie, who also performs with two other bands – including truly international collective The Foolks, who were previously featured in the Cambridge Independent – says: “A common theme around this EP is a feeling of hope and love, mixed with a bit of loss and despair – essentially both sides of the coin.

“It’s an empowering tale of falling beside yourself, while somehow keeping yourself together and making yourself stronger.”

Reality Checkpoint has been a while in the making, as Jamie explains: “When it came to writing the EP, we had a chat about what really mattered to us individually in our personal lives – it’s been an upcoming thing for a few years.

“We actually got together as a band in 2015 and then, due to disagreements and personal differences, we split up for just over a year. But then this EP has brought us back together – so it’s been in the making for about three years now.”

Jamie continues: “We wrote all the tracks in Cambridge. We wanted to really make this special, and make sure that each of us loves every single track on the EP. We worked through a lot of music, we scrapped a lot of music, and these four tracks are what we’re really happy with and what we’re putting out into the world.”

EP artwork for Standing Like Statues' EP, Reality Checkpoint
EP artwork for Standing Like Statues' EP, Reality Checkpoint

The tracks were all recorded in Wales in the summer of 2019. “We haven’t managed to actually get together and rehearse at all,” says Jamie.

“Since lockdown, we’ve just had to kind of work behind the scenes. We started as a live band so it’s a very different take in that we’re having to essentially sit behind a computer screen and do what we do, rather than get together and rehearse and play shows.”

On how the new music has been received so far, Jamie – who says the band meet up a few times a week on Zoom – reveals: “We had an amazing reaction to the first single [Skylines]. Because we split up and then got back together, we didn’t really have much of a fanbase.

"But we’ve all put so much effort in behind the scenes, that after the realise of the first single we’ve had nearly 10,000 views on YouTube, we’ve had around 6,000 streams on Spotify, and I believe we’ve had around 25,000 views on Facebook.”

Standing Like Statues. Picture: Daniel Ackerley
Standing Like Statues. Picture: Daniel Ackerley

As well as performing in other groups, Jamie is also in demand as a session vocalist.

That said, he regards Standing Like Statues as his “main gig”, concluding: “Standing Like Statues was the first band that I was ever in properly and tried to grow – it’s got a very big space in my heart.”

The band are planning to put out more new music later in the year, and are also hoping to do a live session in a church in a few weeks’ time.

For more information, visit standinglikestatues.com.

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