Recent single “Feels Like Falling In Love” (watch the video HERE) was debuted on the UK’sRadio 1 Rock Show as its “Rockest Record/track of the week” and went onto go on theKerrang!, Radio X and MTV Rocks playlists. It is also currently on 1.75 million streams onSpotify already.
“Hold On To Your Heart is about finding a pinhole of light in the dark and turning it into the sun,” says Murray Macleod, frontman of The XCERTS of the new album. “We really did shoot for the stars with this one.” It’s with the same wild-eyed enthusiasm and passion with which he pens sing-along modern pop anthems infused with a thick layer of 80’s heartland rock. His proclamation of how music can turn the smallest pinprick of light into a dazzling solar spectacle is the motivating thread that weaves throughout the album. Hold On To Your Heart is a bold, pure love letter to a bygone era inked by a sentimental hopeless romantic.
“We were going for a timeless, stripped back sound,” says Murray. “The mantra in the studio was we wanted it to feel classic but have a modern twist, which is not an easy feat to pull off. We wanted people to listen to the record and just think anything’s possible; we were trying to capture the ending of (seminal 1985 John Hughes movie) The Breakfast Club. It’s about that feeling of wanting to be outside and experiencing life; don’t sit in your house looking at the girl on Facebook, go get the girl!”
Hold On To Your Heart will be released worldwide by Raygun Records on January 19, 2018. The XCERTS are Murray Macleod (vocals / guitar), Jordan Smith (bass), and Tom Heron (drums).