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THE REYTONS NEW ALBUM - BALLAD OF A BYSTANDER

WE REVIEW THE REYTONS NEW ALBUM – BALLAD OF A BYSTANDER

The band yoghurt knitters and so-called serious (stuck up their own arse) music bloggers love to hate. The band most of the music media seem to just not get, The Reytons, are back with their third album ‘Ballad Of A Bystander’

As with predecessors, 2021’s debut ‘Kids Off The Estate’ and the 2023 follow-up ‘What’s Rock and Roll?’ The Reyton’s appeal is as obvious as it is immediate. It’s a big fuck you to the pretence of modern life. It’s kids off an estate and a handful of mates having the time of their lives and wanting to take as many along on the ride as possible. It’s that temporary escape from mundanity and not the quinoa-induced boredom of the aspiring middle-class uni kid. This is the brutal mundanity of you’re born, you’re shit at school, you graft, you die.

Anyway, I digress. What’s the album like? Well, it’s a fucking belter. We’re given twelve, three-minute, in-your-face bangers. What’s not to like? It’s as dirty as ever, as heavy, punchy as ever.. no-nonsense, straight to the point, finger in your face rock.

‘Adrenaline’ kicks us off and for forty-five seconds it’s possibly a bit moody, a bit atmospheric almost and then it all goes off and stays like that for pretty much the next thirty-odd minutes.

The anthemic ‘Market Street’, obviously the big cross-over track (The Reyton’s cross-over track FFS!) sounds even more impressive now it’s been around for a few months. It’s pure guitar pop as it should be. This is perhaps one of the things the ‘uber cool’ don’t like about this band… they make superb pop records. 

‘Seven In Search of Ten’ is a wonderful piss-take of that lad we all know. “He’s got a right, to be not easily pleased, he’s got a higher set of standards, he’s a fuckin’ Tinder fiend”

There are even shades of Eighties South Yorkshire on ‘What She Won’t Do’, and it’s more the Joey Elliot than Phil Oakley side of South Yorkshire… it’s a small step from a mullet to a poodle perm so fingers crossed that’s a step too far for Jonny and the boys. 

All too often we find singles jumping out on album listings but not here. Not with The Reytons. There are no fillers… ’Let Me Breathe’ ‘Listen’ and ‘Nineteen Crimes’, all of which were great singles just don’t jump out and that’s not because there is anything wrong with them, it’s just a a reflection of the strength of this great album.

Roll on Clifton Park.

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