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WE REVIEW RED RUM CLUB’S NEW SINGLE, THE RIVER

About to set off on their most extensive UK tour yet, Red Rum Club have just released their heartfelt single ‘The River’. Hailing from Liverpool, there’s no doubt that their two sold-out hometown shows at Liverpool’s Eventim Olympia will give us all FOMO. 

When 6 scousers have taken on the US, they command to be heard. The promise of Alt-Rock infused with buzzing trumpets is enough to make the dance floor itch. Layering country guitar twangs with earworms, ‘The River’ is just a sliver of who Red Rum Club are. Forever rhythmic, Francis’s lyrics glide through your senses with toe-tapping ease. 

Forming in 2016, ‘Alone Together’ first introduced us to their energetic party enthused talent. We’re now four albums deep and the feeling of engagement with fans is never lost. Natural narrators of life, Red Rum Club stand outside of any genre-formed box with their unique passion-filled choruses. They make no room for comparisons as they mimic no-body, they are Americana mixed with fire.

The River’ is the second single to cover this touring period and you can definitely see why. They seem to have no limit on the imagery created by their repeated inventiveness. I last saw Red Rum Club as they performed at Lincoinshires multi-venue festival 2Q in 2019, so when this song arrived in my inbox I feared they had a lot to live up to. ‘Matador’ really set the tone for what they were all about, and a sea of black tees with white lettering filtering through the venue doors is still etched in my memory despite it being three years ago, they clearly know how to leave their mark. I have now realised that their fresh take on what indie means has created a union for those with good musical taste. Breaking into the UK’s album charts and the US whilst jumbling instrumentation proves to themselves that they have that extra something.

Their previous albums ‘Hollow of the Humdrum’ and ‘How To Steal The World’ got us used to their roaring upbeat ballads. Although ‘The River’ continues to be charismatic it is, perhaps surprisingly to new listeners, a much slower track than their usual creations. It may be that they were cautious to not overuse the vibrant high-tempo tunes that we have come to expect. Instead, they have created a new formula, a nostalgic outpouring driven by skipping drums. Their glaring confidence is an element that always sticks but it should be noted that it never tips into egotistical. Whilst the bass takes a backseat the trumpet is the backbone, shining a light on the lyricism. When listening it is easy to imagine a glass being raised in an Irish bar as Fran sings of a previous love and a celebration of rekindling relationships.

There is a definite freshness to the variation of vocal volumes and direct lyrics, ‘The River’ adds a relatable and more personal touch to their discography.