Birmingham-based indie rock/dream pop band JAWS, consisting of Connor Schofield (vocals/rhythm guitar), Alex Hudson (guitar), Leon Smith (bass), Eddy Geach (drums) have just announced their upcoming EP “If It Wasn't For My Friends, Things Could Be Different” will be released on September 15, 2023. With that, the band have released the first "Are My Friends Alright" and latest single "Sweat" from their forthcoming EP which can both be streamed below.
Lyrically “Sweat” is about dealing with your anxiety in the moment, everything slowing down and trying to take it as it comes when in an overstimulating situation.” Searching for clarity of mind through waves of undulating basslines, drifty duelling guitar breaks, and opalescent sonic textures, “Sweat” finds JAWS marrying shoegaze-like qualities to their trademark dreamy indie-pop creations and pushing their sound to intrepid new limits. While “Sweat” itself has been an old favorite of the band for sometime, it will finally find its place on their upcoming studio effort ‘‘If It Wasn’t For My Friends, Things Could Be Different’, alongside recent single “Are My Friends Alright?”. The first body of work by the band since 2019’s ’The Ceiling’, the new EP will also be the first to be produced entirely by Schofield. Written at 123 Studios in Peckham, the new recordings also feature input from Brett Shaw (Foals, Florence and the Machine) who provided his additional production nous to the project, plus the Grammy-nominated duo Mikko Gordon and Robin Schmidt who mixed and mastered all five of its new songs.