ARTIST OF THE WEEK: No. 232 August Spies

You'll be hard pressed to find a rocker in their thirties that wasn't a fan of Hell Is For Heroes back in the day. The band ruled the UK's early noughties post-hardcore scene, but after three critically-praised albums, the band called it a day from releasing new music at the end of the last decade. Which gives us great joy to hear that the band's frontman Justin Schlosberg has returned to release new music under his new moniker August Spies.

Named after the 19th century ‘mayday’ union activist from Chicago, August Spies sees the singer leave his raucous days behind him as he shares his swooning debut single 'This Is How It Goes'. Inspired by the likes of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, his latest cut delivers a smooth and warm serenade with just a touch of haunting atmosphere.

Speaking about the new track, the frontman explained, "It’s a song about love and loss, life and death, light and dark, everyday failure and ultimate triumph. It’s been hovering round my head and in my guts for the best part of 20 years and I couldn’t make it go away. I must be one of the slowest, laziest songwriters in the world.”

'This Is How It Goes' will feature on his forthcoming debut EP 'Corruption of The Human Heart', which is set to arrive on the 6th May. Have a listen to 'This Is How It Goes' in the player below.