Prosperina have announced the release of their new album Flag, which is coming out May 21st via Fuzzorama. Pre-order here. To coincide with the announcement, the band have released the new single ‘Deep Never’, which comes with a fiery, dystopian fuelled lyric video. Watch it here.
The new single is the opening track from the forthcoming album, which sees Prosperina return with their most expansive vision yet. The track examines the helplessness and fragmentation of modern life, whilst delving into the emotions of loss, grief and fear. There is a melancholy throughout but a triumphant resolution to this powerful lamentation.
Lead singer and guitarist Gethin Woolcock comments, “‘Deep Never’ deals with themes of loss, self-reckoning and the broad changes to personal liberty in an era where nothing is sacred, and everybody is hypnotised to the point of zombification.
“It’s the divide and conquer strategy and we’re so lost now that we can’t even recognise it. These themes are reflected throughout the lyric – ‘Don’t you talk about God’s grace like it’s not for sale; both feet in the grave holding out for a final nail'”.
The narrative underpinning Flag will no doubt leave you thinking the band wrote it during in the current climate, as it’s an album that focuses on an oppressive dystopian existence. But it was actually recorded in West Wales in December 2018, though it was no less a difficult period for several members of the band, which leant real depth to the darkness at the album’s heart.
Whatever pains the band experienced have been channelled into powerful anthems with rousing choruses. Their masterly control of dynamics and genre crossing songwriting aids the extraction of the pop from the prog and the drone from the doom.
They were also one of the many casualties of the PledgeMusic collapse, though not entirely without irony considering the album’s overarching themes. But despite the large financial loss, the band finally managed to honour their fans prior commitments to them and find the money to enable them to release the album.
Gethin explains, “We had a bit of a trial to get to this point but we wanted to make sure our supporters got what they wanted, which meant spending a fair bit of our own money to make it happen, as well as that of a very kind friend who supported us to get over the final hurdle.”
Despite the hurdles, emotionally and logistically, Prosperina’s dogged determination has never ceased and there’s never been a more appropriate time for Flag to be released.