|Prosperina has released the new single and title from their forthcoming album Flag, which is coming out May 21st.|
|You can pre-order the album here.|
Marrying the intimate with the epic, pop-nous with drone-heft, it’s arguably the album’s magnum opus, a sprawling expanse, brooding and spacey. “It’s the sound of the band really coming together,” explains drummer Yotin Walsh.
The track delves into conflict, dedication, and what people will do in the name of the rectangle of cloth they stand beneath and shines through in the album’s artwork, which powerfully reflects the politically turbulent age we live in.
“We were experimenting with strange tunings, trying to make everything feel more dynamic yet heavy, which really shines through on ‘Flag’, and is a real trip to play.” adds guitarist Chris Dean.
It follows the release of the album’s debut single ‘Deep Never’ and ‘Boot’, which is “an anthem for the disenfranchised left” and comes with a psychedelic animated video to accompany the track’s dystopian narrative.
Lead singer and guitarist Gethin Woolcock comments, “‘Boot’ is an anthem for the disenfranchised Left. It feels like a counterpoint to the culture of pretence that things will always work out ok given time – a Hollywood trope that’s not always the case in the real world. ‘Boot’ is a track that is intended to rouse people from the morphine-esque stupor created by social media.”
The new album sees Prosperina return with their most expansive vision yet. It 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.
The narrative underpinning Flag will no doubt leave you thinking the band wrote it during 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 aid 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.
Woolcock 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 personal savings 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.
“Progressive, ambitious and intelligent… metal with a brain.”
The Line Of Best Fit
“Epic yet also intimate.”
“Sounds like an army… extremely accomplished.”
“Exhilarating. Catchy. Anthemic.”
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