Let It Happen reviews ‘Gameshow’, the bands first album after a 2 year hiatus after a strenuously extensive tour of 2012 album ‘Beacon’, sparked by individual differences and meltdowns.
The Irish indie-pop royals are back after two years of anxiety, conflict and exhaustion and they have proven they’re here to stay. (WHAT A RELIEF!) *breathe*
Fans have waited patiently for new music and at no surprise, the Bangor boys have really outdone themselves! Impressed would be an understatement, the album is genius, the trio have delved into a completely new direction that is familiar to fans of the disco fever era and is reminiscent of films like Dirty Dancing and Grease in conjunction with the unique Two Door flare that we all know and love.
The album radiates a 70s/80s synth-pop feel, drawing influence from Prince, Madonna and The Bee Gees as well as channeling The 1975 and Bastille, two bands who are on the lips of the world with their guitar fused synth music. The once squeaky clean indie boys are giving disco it’s long awaited revival, drawing likeness to Justin Timberlake and Avicii.
The album opener ‘Are We Ready ?(Wreck)’ has the potential to become a TDCC classic and fan favourite, it will run circles around your head for days and days. The song achieved a massive reaction when played over the summer at the mighty Glastonbury and career defining Reading & Leeds headline slot. It is a guaranteed live hit with its catchy chants and echoing guitar sweeps.
The title track ‘Gameshow’ is powerful, with slick vocals and a bass line that will stick in your head like snow in the summer. The chorus hits like a punch in the face – ‘I’m a girl, I’m a ghost, I’m a Gameshow’. The track is extremely catchy and stands out from the rest of the album by a mile as the best track.
‘Invincible’ is a pop anthem, to say the least. The track instantly sparks thoughts of Michael Jackson with its loud backgrounded guitar licks and solo towards the final minute of the track. The track is accompanied by electronic drums that sizzle and dance along with the inevitable tapping of your toes.
While the twitchy, neon soul of ‘Lavender’ should appeal to lovers of Hot Chip, the plush falsettos and gilded synth lines of ‘Je Viens de La’ make for a smooth, 21st century Bee Gees tribute.
‘Surgery’ brings an instrumental that can be likened to the Stranger Things soundtrack, with its 80s synth aroma that sends you to another dimension. The distorted delivery of vocals by Trimble take you back to the days of shoegaze.
The album as a whole carries on the genre briefly brought to light by Q Magazine’s best breakthrough act nominees Blossoms, who have supported The Stone Roses and The Last Shadow Puppets as well as completely selling out their UK headline tour back in September.