Manchester’s The Maple State have a real “Winner” on their hands with a stream of the new track from their new album The Things I Heard At The Party.

Commenting on the song, front man Greg Counsell said, “Winner’ was one of the last songs we wrote for the new record, and it is definitely the realest song on the record. The lyrics are entirely unfiltered, there’s no artistry to it – I just said it how it was. I was in a relationship that came to a very abrupt end when I literally stumbled upon something pretty awful. I spent the next 24 hours drinking in Manchester, trying to forget what I’d seen and forget everything else. Obviously this only served to make things much worse and I came away pretty beaten up. So I had a change of tack and spent the following 24 hours in the studio where I wrote and recorded the lyrics in an afternoon.”

“Between that initial emotional trauma and my final vocal takes that you hear on the track, I’d say around 40 hours had passed. So that’s what I mean when I say that this is real. Everything you hear in my voice, I was living it in that moment. I’m not too sure where I stand on song writing for therapeutic purposes, but it definitely felt good to take a situation that I had no control over and turn it into this driving, powerful punk song.”