Hailing from Warrington, is a band called Exile Parade, with Lomax on vocals, Chris Owen on lead guitar, Phil Hennessey on rhythm guitar/vocals, Dave Hennessey on bass, and Mutchy on drums.
I get a profound Oasis vibe when listening to their music and I promise that’s not the Oasis fanatic in me talking. Inspired by What’s the Story Morning Glory, Exile Parade garnered the attention and praise of Oasis founding member, Bonehead, as well as the band’s producer, Owen Morris. In fact, Morris even produced their debut album, Hit the Zoo.
But now the band has come out with a tune called, ‘Alcohol’ and it is a musical experience you can’t afford to miss.
The melody moves at a gallop throughout the song. The intensity and tempo are relatively uniform with no staggering crescendos or exaggerated instrumental buildups (though there is some melodic amplification in the bridge). Still, the song texture is consumed with valor and I’d say that this stability actually lends itself to the hazy atmosphere that makes it so enthralling.
The vocal, which kicks in almost immediately, is paralyzing in its strength; interestingly enough, it has a lax quality that verges on speech at points and this somehow embellishes the murky aura of the song, too.
The low and rumbling beat gives it a menacing flair. Along with the solemnity of the lyrics, it clouds your mind, articulating perfectly the raw emotions of wary longing and desolation.
And in a stroke of genius, the piano sounds in a lower key as we enter the bridge, anguishing your heart, with the sonic magnification and weight of the words sung…
But my loneliness is my gift to you
Lying naked and broken in front of you
Life’s a gas and then it’s destitute
But you couldn’t be there if you wanted to
Again, the band cites What’s The Story Morning Glory as their catalyst. Similar to Noel Gallagher’s passionate affair with words, they provide you with a fervent exposé of the soul that grasps the listener’s heart as well. To sum up this entire review in one word: beautiful.
So check them out on Bandcamp and you won’t be disappointed.
and stay tuned for part 2 of my review, which covers their latest release, ‘Beat of Your Blood’!