The Lathums return with their new single ‘Struggle’, which teases us for a fourth time of whats to come from their second album ‘Nothing To A Little Bit More’, set to be released early March. The track offers a surprisingly raw display from lead singer Alex Moore, one of vulnerability and personal fragility. Being emotionally open can only set to boost the band.

They have stripped back the boy-band image and unveiled themselves as normal people again, letting go of the upbeat facade from their first album.

As amazing as being young and quickly successful in the music industry can be, it can often be isolating regardless of how large your stage is. From selling out headline shows in 30-mintues, to signing with Island Records. The Lathums can definitely claim victory, but none of that matters if the voice in your head is filled with a critical inner monologue.

The Lathums return stronger for sharing their deepest empathy, with the help of producer Jim Abbiss. They have set themselves a mission of fan reconnection and their December announcement of intimate live gig dates confirms this.

Alex lays his heart out, in the opening line. “I sometimes think to when I was young to happier times, now they have gone. I’ll try to remember the things that made me smile.” Telling the story of growing up and dealing with feelings of grief. – the music video accompanying this. The mood shift in ‘Struggle’ is a stark change from ‘The Great Escape’ which originally caught the attention of Indie Legend Tim Burgess, lead of The Charlatans, kicking off the upward spiral of their popularity back in 2019.

Mental health is so important especially since the pandemic and the Manchester lads are doing themselves proud by inspiring new conversations surrounding this sentiment.

Alex has managed to find new comfort in the piano which sparked the inspiration behind the songwriting of, ‘Struggle’ having never played the instrument before. Right at the very start, there is an atmosphere set out by the keys where you feel like you would hear a pin drop, Scott Concepcion’s guitar rhythm only enhancing this notion.

You go from feeling like a supportive friend listening to somebodys troubles, to witnessing a full breakdown. There is a power from above that takes a hold of Moores vocals that spill out every thought of isolated desperation. The collaboration of this and the crashing of Ryan Durrans drums takes the track from song to ballard. Sticking it out and providing a humble drive behind the track is the Bass line staying with Moore until he finds a sense of peace.

Bound to be a crowd pleaser for all the right reasons, it will be a pleasure to see this live at festivals over the summer.