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Burst Through The Borders – Out now

Apr 29, 2021

Caulbearers latest single ‘Burst Through The Borders’ is out now!

The 3-track single is available on all digital platforms.

‘…a tender song [where] swelling instrumentation and entwined male/female vocals explore the spiritual ties that bind us as communities.’

– God Is In The TV

‘The delivery and production here are stellar, believable and inspiring. With a tandem of female and male vocals and lyrics that are heartfelt, hopeful and genuine’

– Big Takeover

‘inspirational, soulful jazz folk’

– Whisperin and Hollerin

Burst Through The Borders

The title track comes as an epic 8 minute version plus additional radio edit.

The B-side features the lead vocals of Ruth Blake in a stunning re-work of the Caulbearers song ‘Solid Supposed’.

The artwork for the single is an original piece created for the band by Manchester-based artist James Roper.


The lyrics for Burst Through The Borders celebrate the sacred in the every day & the supposedly mundane whilst simultaneously dreaming of a beautiful revolution occurring in the markets, pubs, boardrooms, hospitals & schools of our towns & cities.

The song imagines this energy of love flooding through the world and transforming the institutions and purposes of our societies and our lives. By its nature, it dismantles the barriers that cause hardship for so many and the borders that separate us from each other.

“I wanted to write something that included everyone and everything. I was imagining this powerful force, reaching and filling up all these places and the people in them, leaving no one behind.” (Singer & Producer, Damien Mahoney)


The initial rhythm and guitar tracks were recorded at Airtight Studios in Manchester, with all subsequent vocal & instrument recording, production and editing done by songwriter, Damien Mahoney at his home studio, Padded Cell.

The track has been mixed by Seadna Mcphail (Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, Jah Wobble, Everything Everything, Thea Gilmore, I Am Kloot, Happy Mondays)

The mastering is by Jim Spencer (New Order, Johnny Marr, Charlatans, Factory Floor) at Eve Mastering in Gtr Manchester.

The track features Howard Jacobs on drums (808 State, Beth Gibbons, Homelife, Toolshed), Anton Hunter on guitar (Beats and Pieces Big Band, Article XI), with Ruth Blake joining Damien Mahoney on vocals. Cellos by Stefan Skrimshire, and bass by Nicholas Malin. The piano parts were added by the acclaimed composer and polyrhythmic pioneer, Edward Chilvers. Additional acoustic guitar by Andrew Mucha.

Check out the beautiful video below, depicting eerily empty scenes of Manchester and other locations during the lockdown period.

“I wanted to capture all these locations at such a unique time when everything felt so different, to help tell the story of a song that imagines great transformations of our societies, spaces, cultures and of ourselves.” (Damien Mahoney)

The video is a collaboration between Damien Mahoney and digital artist & animator Stirzocular, a longtime Caulbearers collaborator.