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RED RUM CLUBS NEW ALBUM

THE NEW RED RUM CLUB ALBUM – WESTERN APPROACHES – IS IT AS GOOD AS EXPECTED?

I don’t doubt by the time you’re reading this someone will have decoded, and subsequently, the internet will be a wash with, the message conveyed in the opening ‘Morse code’ track ‘Western Approaches’, the track that opens the album of the same name by Liverpool’s Red Rum Club. Such is the dedication and devotion shown by Red Rum Club’s ever-expanding fan base.

The track is an intriguing start to the band’s new record. Clearly a nod to the album title (named after Liverpool’s Second World War naval command centre) and whilst it suggests that maybe more of an introspective journey lay instead, as the track ends we’re straight into the high energy, Tarantino’esque cinematic Red Rum Club the bands fans know and love. 

It’s all a pretty high tempo, energetic affair full of infectious hooks, humorous tongue-in-cheek lyrics and sing-along ear-worms.

‘Afternoon’ is a great stand-out track. With its infectious ‘is it a clav’ or is it a guitar?’ hook and addictive trumpet riff, it’s sure to be an arms-in-the-air moment at the band’s shows this coming summer. ‘The dawn is coming fast.. how can we make this last’…. All wonderfully simple.

‘Undertaker’ is a pure humorous romp complete with shades of ELO creeping into the backing vocals all adding to the feeling this is one of those tracks that’s always existed..

‘Last Minute’ is a tender reflection of everyday undying love, beautiful percussive nylon guitar layers on top of an ambient background of waves lapping a shore… a gentle reminder of the ‘Western Approaches’ theme.

‘Houdini’ is pure cinematic, sixties kitsch pop at its grandest and just try to listen to the track ‘Daisy’ without smiling or laughing to yourself. It’s one of those all-time future karaoke classics with its over-the-top glam rock fuzz guitar solo. In fact that sing-along crooner vibe is infectious throughout the whole record. Whilst the band may be continuing with their exploration/addiction with Americana this is a record that could only come from a city where every bar and every pub has its very own karaoke Elvis, its own ‘almost was’. The ‘I knew…’ 

This is an inevitable album from a band that had no choice but to grow up in an environment saturated with music of every conceivable style. A band who absorbed it all and tried to kick back against the expected norm and do their own thing but instead, produced the epitome of the norm, the epitome of the norm when it’s done exceptionally well.  

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