By Just Handshakes (We're British)
Earlier this week when I got home and realised that my advance copy of the new Just Handshakes (We're British) single had arrived I quickly rushed to my stereo and put it on loud enough to disturb everyone who lives within a 3 mile radius of my house. It's fair to say I have been excited about new JHWB material ever since i first saw them live last year, and anytime something new comes along I rush to get to it, and they never disappoint, with this single being no exception.
First track 'Falling Over Our Fear' is a great way to start the single, which is part of the 'New Adventures In Pop' collection on Elefant Records, the song has a quirky guitar line, leading into an Arcade Fire-esque chorus, with simple but effective lyrics, which are almost like another instrument rather than providing a narrative, they seem to just fit in perfectly with the song. The outro is synth based, and leads very nicely into the next track.
'Black and Blue' continues the single, a seemingly more downbeat song at first, it has a feel of The Smiths to it, I know it is a completely different style, but it just seems to defiantly take influence, which in my mind is defiantly a very good thing. It is not a complex song, but it doesn't need to be as it is relatively short compared to the other songs on the single, but that's what I like about it, a quick quirky indie pop track.
Next is 'Downward Spiral,' my favourite track on the single, a great synth line leading into a math rock influenced guitar line throughout the verse, with the singer's great vocal tone complementing the instruments perfectly. The track then leads into the chorus which is quick and takes inspiration from early 2000's indie bands such as The Strokes, with a retro guitar tone and lots of energy, in my opinion this is a very good thing. There is then a synth solo, leading to a guitar and drums outro.
Final track 'Brakes' is reminiscent of bands such as The Maccabees and Good Shoes, with its simple guitar block chords, leading into a crescendo based solo, in which the drums and guitar build up over and over again to a point where they level out. This is the most downbeat track on the single, and a nice way to end it, it's as chilled out as Best Coast, and I think that is the best comparison I can find for this song, it defiantly takes a lot of influence from the California 3 piece, and as a final track on a single works very well.
All in all this is a very good single from the Leeds 4 piece, and will be played loud in my house until the neighbours know all of the words, and I urge everybody to do the same in order to get Just Handshakes (We're British) the success that they deserve.