Feather Trade Reveal New Single “A Ready Defense”

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Manchester, UK via Athens, GA trio Feather Trade have released their new single, A Ready Defense, via all major platforms. The track begins with slow military drums and a heaven sent bass line before exploding into waves of crushing and coruscating guitars, ebbing and flowing through almost six minutes. It follows their previous single Big Nobody and comes ahead of their debut studio album that is scheduled for released in the Spring of 2024. Feather Trade are also currently on tour in the UK in support of A Ready Defense, with the current run of dates culminating at Oxford’s The Bullingdon alongside The Chameleons.

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The song came to me in a fever dream when I was very ill while visiting family during a holiday season a few years ago. I wouldn’t say this was ever meant to be a ‘Christmas’ song as such, but it’s a song about winter and how I believe it is, after all these centuries, still the hardest time of the year for humanity. Deep down I think it brings out our best nature to want to look for the greater good in everyone, but I think we’re often tortured by the inability to find ways to do it. I’ve always struggled with guilt during the season of celebrating, knowing there’s so much loss out there during a time of excess, with so many with so little. It’s always most tragic when we’ve lost good friends to crushing loneliness, substance abuse, the weight of the world. I often reflect on the power of acknowledgement of other people. I often dwell on the homeless and the lonely and wish there was a way to give something more to people. Sometimes it seems the mid-winter season is the time when everyone genuinely endeavors to acknowledge and celebrate the existence of one another; of the recognition of dignity in someone else’s humanity.” (singer & guitarist Chisolm Thompson)