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KEEF ADELA ROAD
KEEF ADELA ROAD

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE BY KEEF – ADELA ROAD

Runcorn is the industrial town in Cheshire that indie-heads KEEF call home. It’s also where the sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps was set, a fact the people of Runcorn are likely fed-up with.

It’s oddly apposite, however, that KEEF’s new single ‘Adela Road’ sounds like it ought to play over the closing credits of a soap’s season finale, following a choked-up confession of unrequited love.

KEEF are the result of a well-versed range of influences that lead to consummate musicianship. They even sound like students of the past when their whimsical nostalgia percolates through the band’s warm guitars, and Springsteen-esque lyrics about ‘walking these pavements for so many years’, haunted by ‘a ghost from the past’.

KEEF admirably blend these influences, but never pull from any so overtly as to warrant accusations of derivative songwriting. The wide ranges of inspiration does periodically coalesce to create some closer to the mushier side of Coldplay, but KEEF are smart enough not to tunnel into a sugary mesh of instrumental numbness.

For starters, the guitars, graceful they may be, are lightly distorted and combine pleasantly enough with the balletic piano chords that give Adela Road its anthemic tinge. It’s also a passionate performance. Vocalist Mike Paul Davies spends the song’s concluding moments singing like his life depends on it – it’s a give-it-all display.

KEEF sound comfortable. There’s a symbiosis at play. Their indie predecessors and their own instrumental chops give the band a promising familiarity despite being contemporary, which can only be a good thing.

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