It goes without saying that the last 12 months have been nothing if not bleak. Both for the music industry, and for the country as a whole. And though it’s true that times of hardship, collective or otherwise, often breeds the best art, do we really need reminding of just how hard this last year has been?
SENSES don’t seem to think so.
‘Drop Your Arms’ is the band’s most recent single, and the lead track from their forthcoming album. Three and a half minutes of optimistic alt rock, it acknowledges the fact that life has its setbacks, however major, whilst encouraging listeners to keep “hopeful, fighting for all the good in life and celebrating being dreamers…because we all are.”
With influences such as Doves, The Stone Roses and Ride, coupled with the production talents of Gavin Monaghan (The Twang, Slow Readers Club), one can easily understand the size and scope of SENSES’ ambition here, and thankfully it’s something they succeed in fulfilling.
And while there’s certainly a sense of nostalgia at play here, it works in the track’s favour, at least for those of us over a certain age, and as such feels more like an acknowledgment to their influences rather than feeling dated or anachronistic.
Upbeat, anthemic, and utterly optimistic, ‘Drop Your Arms’ might not be breaking any boundaries, but it does offer an irresistible reminder that better times are on the way.