NORMANDIE - Present New Single/Video For 'Hostage'

Stockholm, Sweden Normandie have released 'Hostage', a hugely personal song about a web of panic attacks and fighting internal demons that affected singer Philip Strand.

"When I was 22 I suffered from severe anxiety and experienced something called DP, De-Personalisation. I couldn't recognise myself in the mirror and it felt like nobody could see or hear me. It was like I didn't exist. 'Hostage' is about those experiences and is written from the perspective of what it felt like inside these panic attacks." - Philip Strand.

Hostage is taken from the forthcoming stunning album, 'Dark & Beautiful Secrets' due out 19th February on Easy Life Records.

Soon, the wider world will bear witness to something extraordinary in the form of 'Dark & Beautiful Secrets'. It’s the third full-length from the Stockholm trio – completed by guitarist Håkan Almbladh and drummer Anton Franzon – but in reality, this will be the first opportunity for fans to hear the band as they truly are.

Buoyed by the thematic seeds instinctively sown into first single 'Jericho', Philip felt compelled to dig deeper than ever before and poured his heart out, tapping into a wellspring of personal experience to create each of these new tracks. Facing up to the things that he’d kept hidden away for so long made for some uncomfortable and difficult self-analysis, but that reflection was necessary to produce a record that can really resonate and mean something to people.

“This is a really dark album to me,” the frontman admits. "There’s something about writing a new album that gives a freedom to be true to yourself in both sound and lyrics. We decided to be as intimate and personal as possible, sharing true stories from our past for the first time. We called it Dark & Beautiful Secrets. Everyone has secrets, each and every one of us has something buried deep down inside that we desperately keep hidden away from the judging eyes of the world. A secret that comes to light can be a beautiful relief. Proof that you have gone through the healing process and you’re ready to move on. "

Philip writes with unflinching candour about everything from panic attacks (Hostage) to his fractious relationship with the internet (Atmosphere), and how the need to dig deeper into yourself can make you lose track of reality (Babylon). He writes about love and lust, and how confusing the two can lead to learning harsh lessons about your personal worth (Chemicals). He examines who he was as a child and how much his life and his values have changed in adulthood (Mission Control). Underpinning all of these personal revelations, however, is the moment his life changed forever, aged 14, when he turned his back on the church he grew up in (Holy Water, Bury Me Alive, Renegade).

Though its rooted in the private rites of passage that helped shape Philip as a person, the potency of 'Dark & Beautiful Secrets' lies in that unifying thread about finding the strength and courage to make your own stand in life, and to seek out that which is true for you. It’s about being brave about the person you once were and reconciling that with who you want to be.

Dark & Beautiful Secrets tracklist 

1. Babylon 
2. Hostage 
3. Jericho 
4. Holy Water 
5. Mission Control
6. Bury Me Alive 
7. Atmosphere 
8. Thrown In The Gutter 
9. Renegade 
10. Chemicals

Their album tour will now take place in the Autumn of 2021 with special guests Thousand Below & Captives. All previously purchased tickets will remain valid.

Tour dates:

08.10.21 Denmark Copenhagen @ Rust 
09.10.21 Germany Hamburg @ Headcrash 
10.10.21 Czech Republic Prague @ Rock Cafe 
11.10.21 Germany Munich @ Feierwerk 
13.10.21 Hungary Budapest @ Dürer Kert 
14.10.21 Austria Vienna @ Viper Room 
15.10.21 Germany Stuttgart @ Club Zentral 
16.10.21 Germany Cologne @ Club Volta 
17.10.21 Germany Frankfurt @ Das Bett 
18.10.21 France Paris @ Backstage By The Mill 
20.10.21 UK Bristol @ The Fleece 
21.10.21 UK Manchester @ Rebellion 
22.10.21 UK Glasgow @ Cathouse 
23.10.21 UK Southampton @ The Joiners 
24.10.21 UK London @ Powerhaus 
25.10.21 UK Birmingham @ Mama Roux's 
27.10.21 Germany Leipzig @ Naumanns 
28.10.21 Germany Münster @ Sputnikcafé 
29.10.21 The Netherlands Eindhoven @ Dynamo 
30.10.21 The Netherlands Haarlem @ Patronaat 
31.10.21 Germany Berlin @ Privatclub

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