“Rose-Tinted,” the latest track from Middle Distance off their new record, Blueshift, out May 8 via No Sleep Records, is the burst of creativity you need this month.

“When we first played Rose Tinted together as a band, there was a moment in the studio where we just stopped and exchanged looks,” the band explain. “We were all thinking, ‘What just happened?’ It came out of nowhere, like most of the best songs do. It was a changing point for us as a group. It was like nothing we had ever written before and opened the doors to experiment more and lead on to influence a lot of how the rest of Blueshift was going to sound.
“Sonically, Blueshift is a departure to our older punk roots. We looked back to the music we were into in our early teens for this record. The sound is now closer to the U.K. indie that got us wanting to start a band in the first place. We felt it was important not to just copy this style but really bring it forward, develop it, and make it our own. We all listen to dance and electronic music, probably more than we do anything else. To make this record sound as authentic as it could possibly be we needed to let the entire spectrum of our taste inform the songs. Over two years, this lead to a lot of experimentation. The end product is something we are extremely proud of, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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