By Attic Lights
Imagine The Beach Boys, throw in a little of The Feeling with a dash of McFly. Add in string arrangements provided by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John and you get Attic Lights, one of the most promising new bands of the year.
A few weeks ago, I saw 'Wendy' the first video from Attic Lights. They put me in mind of a modern day Beach Boys, but the album shows they are not ripping off your Mum and Dad's favourites. Attic Lights are nothing remarkably out of the ordinary, but their cheerful and simple melodies will put a smile on anyone's face.
Hailing from Glasgow, Attic Lights won over the crowds of V festival and T In The Park before signing a five-album deal with Island. Their tales of drunken debauchery, partying and late nights bring a modern twist to their retro sixties sound. The album kicks off with 'Never Get Sick Of The Sea', which is guaranteed to get your toes tapping, and the catchy chorus will be lodged in your brain for hours afterwards.
The rest of the album doesn't fail to disappoint. There isn't a filler track in sight, which is a real pet hate of mine. A stand out track is 'Dark Eyes' which is a lovely chill out song, full of strings and harmonies, perfect for those warm summer nights. 'Walkie Talkie' is a catchy and foolproof little rock ditty with potential as a future single. The lyrics are hardly on a par with Shakespeare, but do we really want that from such a relaxed band?
Attic Lights are clearly still a work in progress, but they have strong foundations to work with. The future looks brighter than their moniker.