Album: Get To Heaven (2015)

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  • The second single from Get to Heaven finds Jonathan Higgs addressing ISIS terrorists. The song was premiered by BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac on April 29, 2015.

    Higgs explained to The Line Of Best Fit: "Those guys, very ordinary guys, were just thrust onto the world stage, and it's f---ing crazy... 'Regret' is about the importance of the individual, as in one guy's knife against one guy's neck becoming global news. The power of that is insane. It's the most powerful thing you can do on Earth, apart from kill yourself, I suppose."

    "Lots of things go into the song, but it comes out quite benign in the end," he continued. "I think about all this a lot more when I actually write lyrics down. It's more a song about regretting mistakes and wishing things were different."
  • Jonathan Higgs also directed the song's music video. Commenting on the clip, the Everything Everything vocalist stated: "The video for 'Regret' is a display of power; a charlatan and his followers descend into madness and chaos. I wanted to show people in the throes of ecstasy and pain, finding something strong in their faith, and becoming more and more extreme in their emotions and behaviour."

    "It's supposed to be a look into the minds of extremists and what it feels like to really believe something," he added, "regardless of how deep or dark it goes."

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