Mystery Jets are back and have shared a new track - which doubles as an ode to the NHS - titled ‘Hospital Radio’.
The new track from the band - 2016 - also marks their first new material since their album ‘Curve of the Earth’.
Speaking of the track, and its dedication to the NHS, frontman Blaine Harrison has said: “I was born in the NHS and it has saved my life several times over. I spent so much time on wards growing up that they became a second home to me and inspired the first song I wrote. Over the years, I have come to see NHS nurses and doctors as our guardian angels, beautifully portrayed at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. But austerity measures over recent years have meant that the spectre of privatization has become a very real, and threatening prospect. Whilst in hospital last month for on-going leg surgery, I lay in bed watching President Trump’s televised address to the British media, in which he boasted that NHS contracts would be part of future trade deals. It gave me the chills, as it must have done to many others. I felt especially fearful of what the future might hold for the elderly people in the beds around me, many of whom are already in danger of falling through the cracks of the social care system. Sometimes music can reach places deep within us that can’t be reached by words alone. On this, the 71st anniversary of the creation of the National Health Service, it feels right to release this song to express our gratitude.”
And as if that’s not enough, this week the quartet will be heading to a handful of London NHS hospitals to play Hospital Radio live on air.
Mystery Jets have a series of other live shows coming up too - check out those dates and listen to ‘Hospital Radio’ below.
12 Spilliers Wharf, Newcastle (w/Bloc Party)
13 TRNSMT, Glasgow
25 Kendal Calling, Penrith
01 Neverworld, Edenbridge
02 110 Above, Atherstone