Rising UK stars Ward Thomas (24 year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy), begin 2019 by setting themselves and their fans the New Year’s Resolution challenge of taking time away from social media every Sunday.
The girls who have been outspoken on the subject of mental health and social media, which is a topic they also tackled on their upcoming album ‘Restless Minds’ (Out Feb) set the task to remove themselves from the addiction of scrolling to help with their peace of mind and creative process, whilst encouraging others to do the same.
“After experiencing our own levels of anxiety through our constant use of social media and the addiction to scrolling, we drew on these feelings in some of our new songs and consequently feel that it is important to practice what we preach”. Catherine said on the idea behind #NoScrollSunday, “Sometimes we have felt time just slips by as we are mindlessly scrolling, when instead we could have picked up our guitar, we could have gone for a walk, we could have sat in that moment and come up with a song idea”.
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Lyrically the twins have tackled issues close to their hearts on ‘Restless Minds’, including pertinent observations on social media, the women’s movement, what ‘the truth’ means in 2018 and mental health. The girls address fakeness on their current single ‘No Filter’, which is a titular nod to one of Instagram’s most popular, often misused, hashtags. “We couldn’t help but address social media and the subconscious competition it creates,” says Lizzy. “There’s a fake reality that everyone our age is falling for right now. Scroll down, see my page, look at my perfect life!”
Restless Minds is the follow up to their 2016 No.1 charting major label debut ‘Cartwheels’ and firmly establishes Ward Thomas as leading exponents of new wave country tinged pop. ‘Restless Minds’ is available to pre-order now.
Ward Thomas play the following UK dates in 2019 with support coming from fellow Brits The Wandering Hearts. For more info visit: wardthomasmusic.com/live/
Sun 24th BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion
Mon 25th YORK, Barbican
Tues 26th GUILDFORD, G-Live
Wed 28th BRISTOL, O2 Academy
Fri 1st CAMBRIDGE, Junction
Sat 2nd NORWICH, Open
Mon 4th CARDIFF, St David’s
Tues 5th LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
Wed 6th MANCHESTER, Albert Hall
Mon 1st BIRMINGHAM Institute
Tues 2nd SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
Wed 3rd LONDON, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Fri 5th GLASGOW, SWG3
Sat 6th GATESHEAD, Sage