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THE BONDURANTS

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM THE BONDURANTS

Ah, The Bondurants – the Leeds lads who’ve somehow managed to bottle the essence of American Heartland rock and give it a proper British twist. Their latest single, “Southside Looking Down,” is a prime example of their genre-bending prowess. Released on May 17th, this track is a delightful concoction of alt-country, infectious energy, and a sound that’s both modern and nostalgically timeless. So, let’s dive into this sonic delight and see what makes it tick.

“Southside Looking Down” kicks off with a jangly guitar riff that feels like it was plucked straight from a dusty highway in the middle of nowhere. The opening chords set the tone for a journey through vast sonic landscapes, combining twangy guitar licks with a rhythm section that’s tighter than your nan’s purse strings. It’s clear from the get-go that The Bondurants know how to craft a melody that sticks with you.

As the vocals come in, you’re greeted with a voice that carries the weight of a thousand barroom stories. It’s gritty yet melodic, with just the right amount of swagger to make you believe every word. The chorus hits with a punch, catchy enough to have you singing along by the second listen, yet deep enough to make you ponder the lyrics.

Speaking of lyrics, “Southside Looking Down” paints a vivid picture. It’s a song about looking back at where you’ve come from and realizing how far you’ve yet to go. The lines are cleverly written, avoiding the clichés that plague much of modern rock. There’s a raw honesty here that feels refreshing – it’s like having a heart-to-heart with an old friend over a pint.

The guitars are crunchy and full-bodied, the bass lines groove effortlessly, and the drums drive the track forward with relentless energy. There’s a warmth to the mix that makes the whole thing feel like it’s wrapping you in a sonic embrace.

Now, no track is perfect, and “Southside Looking Down” is no exception. While the song is undeniably catchy, there are moments where it feels a bit too polished. A little more grit and rawness could push it from great to phenomenal. Additionally, the bridge could use a bit more variation – it’s the perfect spot to throw in a surprising twist or an unexpected chord change to keep listeners on their toes.

Overall, The Bondurants have delivered a solid single with “Southside Looking Down.” It’s a track that showcases their ability to blend genres seamlessly and create music that’s both familiar and fresh. With its catchy hooks, heartfelt lyrics, and impeccable production, it’s bound to win them new fans and cement their place in the alt-country scene.

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