Sharing affections for Suburban Lawns and Tom Tom Club, Drug Store Romeos cut their teeth playing live at college, Guildford Boiler Room and Aldershot West End Centre, rather than the familiarly trodden paths in London - although they did frequent the city as often as three times a week at one point; carrying all of their equipment back to Fleet by train as none of the band were old enough to drive.
While the band have since moved to London, by the time they came to record The World Within Our Bedrooms,
all three members were keen to hold onto that wide-eyed energy
for as long as possible.
Those 3am walks home from Fleet station, with amps and flight cases slung over their shoulders, would become a rite of passage; the quiet countryside influencing their hushed atmospheric sound and nocturnal leanings, the tight bonds formed back home buoying their hypnotic and delicate blend of dream pop and synth-led explorations.
The Hampshire trio return with What's On Your Mind,
with debut album The World Within Our Bedrooms due this summer.
Speaking about the new single, with its accompanying video by Qianhui Yu, the band commented:
"The last half of the song is sort of our interpretation of a mental journey through realisations about past situations that send you down rabbit holes of thought that end up linking to other rabbit holes.
"During this journey you go through positive and negative emotions, but the negative emotions are not inherently bad and can lead to positive change. "
"What's On Your Mind is also about perspective change and was made for listening to at 10pm as you're settling in for the night."
Recorded at London's Eastcote Studios with regular producer George Murphy, the album is a testament to youth and adventure; an escape from mundanity and proof that art will always open a door for those looking to escape.
The band explain:
"The album is a journey of emotions and colour schemes. A lot of bands have a consistent emotion across their whole album but we wanted to reflect the ever changing nature of someone's mental state over a period of time. We always wanted to create our own world, and as a three we have this force field around us."
With their beloved Stereolab, Broadcast, and Mild High Club acting as guiding lights, the band sought to shake things up and push beyond the walls of their bedroom.
Vocalist Sarah scoured vintage magazines for lyrical inspiration - inspired by Dadaist poet Hugo Ball - and hung a print of transcendentalist artist Agnes Pelton's 1934 piece 'Orbits' in the vocal booth.
"When I look at that painting it's where I want my voice to exist," she says of the work by an artist renowned for her abstract approach to depicting stillness, "I would sing and try to immerse myself in that."
Drug Store Romeos' new album The World Within Our Bedrooms is available from 25th June 2021.