London-based glam-goth alt-rock band The Bloodstreams are set to release a powerful new track ‘Columbine’ on 3rd of December 2021. The single takes us on a juxtaposed journey through genre conveying the two sides of love and hate. The band are led by the vocal harmonies of Danny, James and Jasmine who make for a performance which displays the bands storytelling, surrealist perspective.
Originally written by their guitarist James, the band decided to hunker down at Studio 7 in Tottenham Hale to piece ‘Columbine’ together pre-lockdown. Covering themes of isolation and anxiety the track evolved in the creative process into something more complicated than the band originally intended. The poetic and powerful message behind the track's title captures the notion of the giving of flowers, usually in situations of high emotion. In this instance the Columbine flower is representing our way of expressing ourselves and shows that in a desperation of faith, positivity can thrive. The lyrics of the track depict the two sides of good and evil intertwining into a powerful overall message. This is also evident through the sonic landscape of the song as it starts as a classic slow paced rock record but gently moves into a dramatic half-time gospel outro. The Bloodstreams say “Whether you believe it or not, religion has defined culturally and historically the world. We want to make people dance. This is our religion.”
Sounding similar to The Fat White Family, the overdriven guitar and chanting repeated in the second half of the song builds to almost biblical proportions “It's very abstract and meant to be heard as a universal evangelical love story”. The band’s other more classic influences include The Beatles, Bauhaus and Siouxsie & The Banshees. This is evident through the energy and melody The Bloodstreams bring to their music. The track completes with one last shift to a melodic keyboard solo which rounds off the song perfectly.
With a busy new year ahead with lots in the pipeline The Bloodstreams kick off their new material with a launch party for the single at The Macbeth in Hoxton on the 2nd December. The band will be sure to make their mark with their brand new material. Follow their socials for the latest updates.
Born in a flash flood of writing, pre-pandemic 2019, The Bloodstreams had a bone to pick with dull beige rock and a void of all but polish pop productions blaring from yawnful fashion shop doorways throughout their home City of London, England and understandably, beyond..
Siblings James & Jasmine, having harmonised since forever, forge an unwavering vocal force with bassist Danny, giving the sound a unified voice: a gang of storytelling surrealists. Nico, drumming furiously to charge the songs through every phrase and tangent.
The 4 of them are the architects of this glam-goth alt rock hybrid. It is lyrics, it is melody and it is power. It’s an alternative to rock and everything else.