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Cultures – ‘I’m Not Alone’

(Released October 22nd 2021)

Despite alt-rock trio Cultures having been a regular fixture on stages across their native North West for almost five years, it’s wasn’t until the addition of most recent drummer James Saunders that things really fell into place.

It’s ironic, given that the band have yet to gig with Saunders; his first show having been postponed and then postponed again due to COVID restrictions. With the light at the end of the tunnel now getting brighter however, and the show moved to a hopeful date of October 22nd things are finally looking up.

And well they might.

Musically, Cultures have never felt tighter. While COVID might have restricted the wider industry, the three-piece have used this time to hone their craft, and gelled effortlessly as a band in doing so. The result has been a series of single releases that have arguably been the band’s strongest to date, and exhibit exactly why Cultures are a band worth getting excited about.

The latest comes in the form of Marlone. Three minutes of shimmering synth lines and soaring guitars, it’s already garnered crucial early support from the likes of BBC Introducing and XS Manchester. Successfully balancing the band’s more solemn side against their pop sensibilities and shows just exactly where Cultures are at today.

“Marlone is a track we’ve had for a few years in terms of the chords and lyrics but it’s changed a lot since we first wrote it” explains frontman Josh Spivey. “Some parts of the lyrics, like “take time to decide who you want to be”, came about after a breakup I went through. I still don’t really know whether they were aimed at myself or the other person! I wanted to write a song that felt big and uplifting, while at the same time making sure the lyrics were true to how I felt when the song was written. We like to call Marlone our happy song about being unhappy and we hope that it makes people feel whatever way they need to when they listen to it.”

Cultures Are:

Josh Spivey (Guitar/Vocals)
Tom Deegan (Bass/Vocals)
James Saunders (Drums)

Cultures – Marlone

Cultures – Ghost

Cultures – Shake

Cultures – Away From Us

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