Taken from their debut album, Everything Forever
Andrew Trendell

11:59 17th September 2015

Winter is coming. You're coming to need some all-encompassing post-punk to get you through the cold months. May we introduce you to Victories At Sea - Birmingham's most exciting new export. Check out the video for the stunning 'Sirens' on Gigwise first below. 

Their debut album, Everything Forever, is set to drop on 30 October, following their unmissable tour supporting Editors in Ireland. 

If 'Sirens' is anything to go by, this may well be one of the finest debuts of the year. A chilling and cinematic soundscape gradually builds into the ultimate drop before a rush of layered post-rock anthemics. For fans of Mogwai, 65daysofstatic and Chromatics, but truly in a league of their own. Check out the beautiful video below, complete with psychedelic visuals over a Berlin time-lapse. 

They may hail from Birmingham, but it sounds like they dropped in from the future. 

Watch the Gigwise premiere of 'Sirens' below

For more information, find Victories At Sea at:
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