“Sick Of Normal Life” the long awaited album from Bolton four piece, Our Fold is finally here. With Damien Riley on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Dan McLaren on Bass, Sam Evens on Drums and Gary Drury on Lead Guitar, the band have already gained an impressive history and reputation through enviable slots at Glastonbury, Leeds/Reading, Isle of White Festival and supporting the mighty Kasabian.
Opening track “Victim of Lies” starts as it means to go with a strong percussion led intro that is splintered with piercing vocals. The album jumps with ease between influences from the blues tinged “A Little Too Late”, to “Don’t You Want A Lover” with shade of early Stones.
The album also finally gives earlier effort and live fan favourite “She Goes On” the home it deserves amongst as sea of other carefully sculptured indie anthems.
Stand out is track is Terrific, both in title and in form. Saul Davies of James both mixed the tracks and added some haunting touches of violin which produce some epic builds that are reminiscent of Arcade Fire closing a set.
If ever there was an album produced to be heard on stadium stage “Sick Of Normal Life” is it. While the question will always be asked does the already saturated market really need another indie rock band rising through the ranks, the answer is simply when the calibre is this good then yes.