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Song You Need to Know: Quivers, ‘Hold You Back’

The cinematic slice of indie rock will feature on Quivers’ forthcoming album, Golden Doubt.

As Melbourne-via-Tasmania outfit Quivers gear up to release their new album, Golden Doubt, in June, the four-piece have released their latest single, with “Hold You Back” arriving yesterday.

Following on from “Gutters of Love”, Quivers’ new single is a refreshing piece of cinematic indie rock, with the upbeat nature reminiscent of genre heavyweights The Go-Betweens, R.E.M., or even Australia’s own Dappled Cities.

Pairing a driving backbeat, fuzzy guitar, and intoxicating strings, the group explain that the track is written about standing on the precipice of overwhelming opportunity, and what the future holds. “It is a song about being overwhelmed by someone, and somewhere, but also overwhelmed by the beauty of those strange, new experiences we used to have when travel was possible,” they note.

Having risen through the ranks in recent years, Quivers were set to see 2020 bring them a wave of international attention thanks to a planned 21-date US tour. While COVID quickly saw these dates canned, the group remained undeterred by such an inconvenience, instead focusing on their craft, with Golden Doubt set to arrive on June 11th.

As singer Sam Nicholson explains, the record and its title relates to previous personal tragedies band members have experienced, and the resilient nature it awakens inside of you.

The track also comes accompanied by a charming phone-filmed video for the track, which was shot and edited by the band while “on a 24-hour deadline”, and serves as “a sort of visual powerpoint presentation” for the song.

“Golden, because musically we daydream with the guitars of Teenage Fanclub and The Cure, the singing of The Roches’ sisters, the basslines of Another Sunny Day, and the drums of Lower Dens or Car Seat Headrest,” Nicholson states.

Golden Doubt, because hitting your thirties after losing people knocks you off balance for a while, but no longer caring what the world thinks is always a breakthrough feeling.”

While Golden Doubt will be released in June, Quivers are also set to hit the stage in Melbourne on Friday, April 23rd for a launch show in support of their previous single. Supported by Georgia Knight, the group will play two shows, with full details available below.

Quivers’ “Hold You Back” is out now, while Golden Doubt will be released on June 11th via Spunk Records with pre-orders available now.

Quivers “Gutters of Love” Single Launch

With Georgia Knight

Friday, April 23rd (Early Show)
The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, April 23rd (Late Show)
The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale now via Eventbrite