When it comes to feel good tunes, then the album that you should be going for this May is Say Hi To The Band, which will be the first album from perennial non-album releasers Stagecoach.
Originating from London, the quintet of Luke Barham, Nick Tanner, John Harrington, Tom ‘Chop’ Lewis and Matt Emery have made an album full of hooks, riffs and cow bells that evokes memories of the early stages of britpop from the 1990’s.
Opening track Work! Work! Work which I wrote about here is a brilliant opener and really sets the tone for the rest of the album.
The britpop-esque feel continues into the second song, Action; lots of guitars, lots of little hooks that grab you by the short and curlies and haul you up to a jumping position.
The energy and effervessence takes a backseat four songs in; A New Hand is the obligatory ballad; whilst that fulfills the cliche of having such a song on an album, the pressence of mariachi brass certainly turns it on it’s head. It’s a sweet song that allows you to take a breath before your short and curlies are yanked again on Theequel. It sounds Yorkshire, but I can assure you that it isn’t.
Generally speaking there are few disappointments on here. It does sometimes feel a bit “samey”, with songs getting lost in each other, and by using cow bells and synths to add another layer it could be argued that Stagecoach are being a bit “quirky” for quirky’s sake. But if you were that kind of naysayer you’d be in a very small majority.
The good feeling that is prevalent throghout is infectious. Even We Got Tasers, with it’s chorus of “who needs guns when we got tasers” is fun and entertaining in its maliciousness!
When this album is released, go out and buy it. You’ll have a smile on your face by the end of the first verse you hear.