It had gotten to the point where I was fed up of indie-rock bands trying to be the next Oasis or Blur because let’s be real, that will never happen. But, it’s 2019 and amazing things are happening such as small (and new’ish) bands that are doing some really cool things and producing music that I can only be described as the new wave of Brit-pop.
Doncaster band, ‘The Outcharms’ are a prime example of this. Releasing their debut EP ‘Talk’ – it’s a whirlwind of emotion laced with silky smooth vocals and buckets of character.
First track ‘Talk’ truly won me over. The four-minute and fifty-six second hit had me wrapped around its finger. From start to finish it’s packed full of extraordinary vocals and 80’s style synths. It’s a mix of passionate and touching lyrics that start this EP perfectly – it’s an intoxicatingly good song that you’ll most likely be singing for the next couple of days.
‘What The Weekend Sees’ is up next and it’s a fast, upbeat, powerful tune that is all about the teenage life of going out on a weekend; the title says it all. It’s an energetic, forceful track that builds up to the euphoric guitar solo which is dominating, overwhelming and it’s definitely the most face-melting one there is.
The third and final song of this spectacular EP is ‘Thirteen’ which is a gorgeous, stripped back, calming piece which shows the bands real potential. Vocals sang by Curtis Cooper feel intimate and whilst he is in the spotlight during this song, he seems at ease and in his comfort zone to say the least.
Whilst ‘The Outcharms’ continue to experiment with their sound, I get a sense of hope for these four talented bunch of young men. Each track was different. Each was meaningful and told a story. Their desire and passion make it very hard to dislike them and as a matter of fact (and this is a very bold statement) they could become the next biggest thing within Brit-pop and I’m not afraid to say that. ‘Talk’ is a masterpiece that shouldn’t go amiss.
It’s time to revive this dead genre.
Words: Geo Blackman