Despite its name, ‘A Fragile Thing’ is a raw and ready powerhouse bursting with blistering guitars, biting vocals and an infectious chorus. Addressing the delicate and often combustible nature of our mind’s inner workings, the song is one of encouragement, urging those struggling to focus on enjoying the positives rather than anxiously awaiting the next low.
Vocalist Rob Vicars comments, “In ‘Chapter Four’ of ‘A Hundred Shivers’, the songs have really been about a feeling of change, and the fear and uncertainty that comes with that. While [previous single] ‘Grief, They Named It’ was about how we tackle the sudden, big changes in our life, ‘A Fragile Thing’ is about dealing with a mental state that can change at any moment, in ourselves and others.
“Sometimes the fragility of our state of mind can be a bit of a mental pitfall in itself. I get so in my head about what ‘might’ set me off sometimes, about just how temporary a positive place can feel, that that’s what causes it to all fall away. And when you see that in someone else, someone you love and care about, it’s still so difficult to know how to handle.”
The band have also launched the pre-orders for A Hundred Shivers, a full length album with all four released chapters bound together in a musical omnibus. Releasing an album in chapters is untraditional, but it gave the band the opportunity to be more creatively free, enclosing messages and themes within each release to ultimately piece together a diverse and exciting album.
Speaking about the release, Rob shares, “’A Hundred Shivers’ has shaped our lives for a bit longer than we first anticipated, and we are so excited to finally announce the release of all the chapters combined in one record. As we get ready for it to come out, and as the world seemingly, slowly, creeps back into a being we recognise, it almost seems overwhelming. We can’t wait to share what remains of this record with you; it has been our raft in the river for so long – maybe it can be yours now too.”
Wars released ‘Chapter One’ at the very beginning of last year, which is made up of the tracks ‘Only Monsters’ and ‘A Fog Of Feeling’. ‘Chapter Two’ arrived a few months later, which was comprised of ‘Murmurs’ and ‘I Don’t Feel A Thing’, and ‘Chapter Three’ dropped earlier this year showcasing ‘A Hell Behind My Eyes’ and ‘High Art, Low Culture’. ‘Grief, They Named It’ was the first excerpt from ‘Chapter Four’ and is now followed by ‘A Fragile Thing’, completing the final instalment of new music ahead of the arrival A Hundred Shivers.
A Hundred Shivers is produced by Matt O’Grady, who has also worked with Architects, Don Broco, Deaf Havana, and You and Me at Six.
Wars will also be playing at Furnace Fest this October as well as heading out on tour across the UK in November as special guests with Area Eleven.
WARS 2021 UK DATES
23 – Furnace Fest, Swindon
5 – Boston Music Rooms, London (supporting Area 11)
6 – The Cookie, Leicester (supporting Area 11)
7 – Corporation, Sheffield (supporting Area 11)
8 – Think Tank, Newcastle (supporting Area 11)
9 – The Garage, Glasgow (supporting Area 11)
11 – Factory 252, Manchester (supporting Area 11)
16 – Trinity Centre, Bristol (supporting Area 11)
9 – The Victoria, Swindon w/ Defeatist
10 – The Cobblestones, Bridgewater w/ Defeatist
11 – Carved Dive, Bromley, London w/ Defeatist