Black Peaks release new single ‘Fate I’ and UK shows with Enter Shikari

Brighton 4-piece BLACK PEAKS release FATE I, their new single and video, on Friday 2 November following its exclusive debut on Thursday 1 November on the BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac show. The video for FATE I sees the band live and on the road in the UK and Europe – a tour they are still currently on – and is directed and edited by photographer Sam Lees.

Watch the video for FATE I here:


Following rave reviews the second BLACK PEAKS album, ALL THAT DIVIDES, is out now through Rise Records / BMG and the band are currently touring mainland Europe. They will then join ENTER SHIKARI on a huge month-long tour across the UK in January and February next year. Full dates as follows:


Fri 11 NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sat 12 LONDON Brixton Academy
Sun 13 LEICESTER O2 Academy
Tue 15 LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru
Wed 16 LIVERPOOL O2 Academy
Fri 18 BRISTOL O2 Academy
Sat 19 SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
Wed 23 GLASGOW Barrowland
Thu 24 ABERDEEN Beach Ballroom
Fri 25 INVERNESS Ironworks
Sat 26 PRESTON Guildhall
Mon 28 NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
Tue 29 SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall
Wed 30 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange


Fri 01 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Sat 02 LEEDS O2 Academy
Sun 03 MANCHESTER Academy
Mon 04 NEWCASTLE O2 Academy


Will Gardner on the FATE I single: “The song writing for All That Divides happened over two sessions and Fate was one of the last songs that came from the first batch. We started playing it live towards the end of the Statues tour. The main section of the song came together when our tour van was stopped in the middle of the Yorkshire countryside and, for some reason, Joe (Gosney – guitar) decided this was the best possible time to change his guitar strings. He started jamming the final section of the song and we all immediately shouted, ‘Woah, that’s awesome, let’s keep that’.”

He continues: “Lyrically, the song was inspired by some ‘people watching’ and observing examples of humanity’s lack of empathy, and self-obsession, especially in terms of how we treat the environment. Digging deeper, the song questions whether we are at a turning point where we can change our mindset and realise that we, as humans, don’t ‘own’ the world. Much like a lot of the album, we were keen to create a bit of a ‘journey’ and, while the song comes from a place of sadness and anger, the chorus also has an undertone of hope and optimism.”

This single is the first part of the final double track, FATE I & II, taken from the newly released second album, ALL THAT DIVIDES, which came out on 5 October through Rise Records / BMG to rave reviews across the board. NME gave the album 5/5 and said, “With All That Divides, the band delivers an album that’s confident, stylistically cohesive, and points towards their ascending star in the future. If there’s one thing that this album shows, it’s that Black Peaks are a force to be reckoned with”; whilst UPSET MAGAZINE – who put the band on the cover of their September issue – also gave the album 5/5 and said, “Black Peaks bellow unity from the rooftops. It’s not a political record but it does dish out the blame. Rather than dwelling in the mire, though, Black Peaks want hope. They need it. A call to arms entwined, it’s a record of struggle and resistance. It doesn’t have the answers but it knows they’re out there and it wants us to find them together.”

Other outlets like KERRANG! (4/5) DORK (5/5) METAL HAMMER (8/10) PLANET ROCK MAGAZINE (4/5) RHYTHM (4/5) DISCOVERED MAGAZINE (10/10) THE SKINNY (4/5) and NEW NOISE (5/5) backed up the praise, with THE INDEPENDENT stating, “Their sublime second album, All That Divides, is massive in every sense of the word. Bringing in Adrian Bushby [Foo Fighters, Muse] was a masterstroke – his production plays a big part in how the album offers up vast sonic landscapes that take you on an intense, emotional journey via album highlight Aether, across Slow Seas, and closing on Fate I & II. This feels like a real achievement.”

BLACK PEAKS have already released the singles HOME, ELECTRIC FIRES and CAN’T SLEEP, with the latter a BBC Radio 1 Rock Show Rockest Record and Huw Stevens Single of The Week in April. Live wise in 2018, as well as their recent ALL THAT DIVIDES headline UK tour – which took in two sold out London shows at The Omeara and The Underworld – the band have toured with A PERFECT CIRCLE across Europe, throughout the UK with MARMOZETS, and performed a special one-off show for BBC Radio 1 in Swansea as headliner for their Biggest Weekend Fringe Festival. In the summer, the band played a host of UK and European festivals including ArcTanGent, Fat Lip, Leeds and Reading, and a 2nd stage headline slot at 2000 Trees.


* WILL GARDNER | vocals

* JOE GOSNEY | guitars

* LIAM KEARLEY | drums

* DAVE LARKIN | bass


Danny Peart
Editor / Live Music Photographer / Journalist at Soundcheck-Live

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