Brighton, UK-based three piece THE XCERTS have revealed their brilliant, brand new single, and title track from forthcoming album, HOLD ON TO YOUR HEART which is out now. Watch here
Front-man Murray Macleod on ‘Hold Onto Your Heart’:
“Hold On To Your Heart was the first song we worked on with our producer Gary Clark and it’s a song that we had to write in order for me to create some closure around the end of a 5 year relationship. I’m not kidding when i say the words just poured out of me as if they’d already been written and it took just 15 minutes from writing the first line to recording the whole thing. Listening back, in my mind at least, it’s almost plays out like a movie montage. Me and my ex partner experienced some ugly moments during the breakup but that’s not how i wanted to remember our time together, because our time together was beautiful. I wanted to say goodbye in a way that hadn’t been said before and i felt like if i could go back in time and say one thing, to let the person know that they are worth more than the pain they are going through, it would be ‘Hold On To Your Heart’. What i’m trying to say is, don’t break broken pieces.”
“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!”