Henge – ‘Demilitarise’ | New Music

‘Extra-terrestrial’ Band Henge Drop New Track ‘Demilitarise’

First of all, Henge are not your everyday band. Extra-terrestrial in origin, they play a form of music they refer to as ‘Cosmic Dross’. Imagine if, in the late noughties, Foals decided to trade Sweden for somewhere the other side of the Solar System. And then recorded Total Live Forever. As a result, they would probably end up sounding something like Henge.

‘Demilitarise’ is the latest single to be released from debut album Attention Earth!. It’s a sprawling aural expedition, based around the refrain “We demand/That the weapons of war/Are manufactured no more/Demilitarise”. It may then be unsurprisng to know that it’s a tribute to the late Professor Stephen Hawking, who suggested that the human race will need to colonise other planets to preserve the future of the species.

‘Demilitarise’ clocks in at around nine minutes altogether. Sure, it’s lengthy, but it’s more than sufficiently captivating. It gets more intense as it goes on, inviting an absorbing instrumental section in the second half of the track. 

Above all, it’s convenient that we have the ready-made ‘Cosmic Dross’ label to describe their music; it’s difficult to convey just what ‘Demilitarise’ is like using conventional genre terminology. As a result of its hypnotic chanted vocals and bewitching synths, it’s unlike pretty much anything that’s around today. Art pop? Space rock? Neo-psychedelia? Certainly, no established label can do it justice. 

With the album out late last year, and an upcoming tour, 2019 looks to be promising for Henge.  

Catch Henge on their upcoming tour here: 

MARCH 

Fri 08 LONDON Scala 

Sat 09 BRISTOL Colston Hall | Matinee Performance 

Sat 09 BRISTOL Fiddlers 

Fri 29 BEDFORD Esquires 

Sat 30 EXETER Phoenix

APRIL 

Fri 05 SOUTHAMPTON Joiners 

Sat 06 BRIGHTON Haunt 

Sun 07 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge 

Sat 13 NEWCASTLE Alphabetti Theatre 

Thu 25 BELFAST Venue TBC 

Fri 26 LIMERICK Dolans 

Sat 27 CORK Crane Lane 

Sun 28 DUBLIN Grand Social Ballroom 

MAY 

Fri 03 DARWEN Sunbird Records 

Fri 10 FALMOUTH Princess Pavilion 

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