You Can Have That For Free: An Interview with The New Twentys

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From the beginning, it was evident that brothers Harry and Jimmy Morris had an infinite amount of common interests with Chris Bourne. The live music scene of London brought them together, and they quickly realized that their individual skills and work ethic would be stronger when combined. This is how The New Twentys was formed.

“We actually started writing together without a clear reason, but very soon we all became equally invested in the music and had no choice but to form a band,” they said.

Their sound was born from a trip down the coast where they set up a no-distraction space at Bourne’s brother’s home in Cornwall. They all had a hand in recording and programming, and quickly established that this project would be an entirely independent venture.

Being independent artists has given them the opportunity to manage every aspect of the band, which has also challenged them both as musicians and individuals. From the basics of scheduling a song release to the intricacies of the industry, they have delved into as much as they can to give their audience the best of their talents.

With new skills under their belt, such as planning promotional shoots and scheduling digital campaigns, it becomes even more rewarding to see the final product.

The perfect example of a successful campaign is with their current single, “Dancing On A Sunday”. The song was inspired by a conversation they had with comedian Jimmy Carr at a Halloween party, where he said, “All these girls are doing tracks like ‘I kissed a girl and I liked it’ but no guys have come out with ‘I can’t think straight when I’m with you’…you can have that for free.”

The conversation was brought up a few days later when they were back in Cornwall for another writing trip. They picked up an acoustic guitar and sat in the kitchen as a rough idea started to form. The story they wanted to tell was about a homosexual boy who grew up in a religious household and how it - wrongly - complicated his upbringing. By the morning, the first demo was complete.

It was an important topic they wanted to cover in their music, as it is a topic that Bourne experienced secondhand. A friend from secondary school and sixth form confided in him that they were scared to come out and had many preconceived worries about revealing their true identity to their family and friends.

“I think he was worried about what I would think about it too, to an extent, but to be honest I think I already kind of knew that he was that way inclined,” Bourne said. “It didn’t make a difference to me whether he was straight or not. After hearing about how he felt and everything that was going through his head at the time, it became very apparent how heavy this whole idea of coming out had become for him and I remember thinking it wasn’t fair at all. Society shouldn’t have had that effect [or] impact.”

Since releasing “Dancing On A Sunday”, the track is currently on rotation on X-Posure with John Kennedy and has also received support from BBC Radio, Idobi Radio and SiriusXM. By taking the time to ensure each aspect of the song had their full attention, the band found themselves releasing a track that is equal parts heart and soul.

The New Twentys is more than a band; they are a chance to be anything and everything that you want to be.

“It’s an age against prejudice and we should all embrace that freedom,” they said. “[‘Dancing On A Sunday’] is an extension of that philosophy.”