We review the new single from Giant and the Georges – Don’t You Know?
Re-entering the world of noughties indie rock in their latest release, West Midlands four-piece Giant and the Georges release their debut EP ‘Don’t You Know?’
There seems to be a not-so-subtle theme of bands revisiting the noughties for inspiration over the past year. Perhaps lockdown has made us yearn for the comfort found in nostalgia and is to blame for the current influx of audio-induced Déjà vu? Giant and the Georges are no exception in this trend, revitalising resonant themes of The Wombats and The Feeling.
The EP collectively feels pretty safe, and very much like your undaring debut release with the sole purpose of getting a feel for the response to your sound. All four tracks follow standard pop structures, similar instrumental tones and carry the same overall vibe as one another, not really daring to venture out into more emotive, more adventurous compositions.
Out of the four, the tracks that feel a little more stirring are ‘Duck Egg Blue’ and ‘Sunflower Girl’. Following the opener, and title track of the album, ‘Don’t You Know’, ‘Duck Egg Blue’ pumps a bit of energy into the EP with its glitzy opening lead by a chunky, twangy bass line.
The bass line remains unchanged for the majority of the song, allowing the chorus to fall a little anticlimactic as, although it can be useful to sometimes blend certain sections together, there also needs to be an element of definition between the two.
Towards the latter end of the track, the vocals take a stand and perform with significantly more power than the rest of the EP, and with the addition of a mariachi-style brass arrangement to lead you into the next song, ‘Mexico’, the more daring side of Giant and the Georges is revealed; it’s just a shame this burst was so short and pushed right to the end of the track.
Already proving to be a fan favourite amounting over 7,000 streams since its release, ‘Sunflower Girl’ closes the EP. The track commences with harmonised ‘oohs’ before breaking out into a fuller and energetic composition, particularly evocative of the Wombat’s earlier work. The song manages to radiate a cheesy sort of catchiness, playing around a four-chord-trick with lyrics to the likes of “when I asked her to dance, she said ‘I don’t like romance’, but she knocked me off my feet yeah when she took me by the hand’. Despite the track not being overly imaginative, it still manages to leave a slightly bigger impact than the former tracks.
‘Don’t You Know’ is a decent debut release, but I can’t help feeling it would’ve seen better success if it was released 15 years ago. There are certainly more advanced compositional ideas floating around throughout the EP, let’s just hope that next time the tracks give way to their more exciting concepts.