SKATERS ‘ROCK AND ROLL BYE BYE’ album review

Following my review of their recent single ‘In Your Head’, at Let It Happen we are lucky enough to have been delivered the sublime sophomore album of SKATERS and I am about to tell you a bit about how good it is, not just a bit good either. Which Co-Producer Albert DiFiore (of MGMT) would totally agree.

Initially there is melancholy mood set which seems to be underlying throughout the entirety of the album. However with track one, after bleeping and burst of guitar, they throw us into opening track ‘Like Your Mother’.  This track’s grunge guitar vibes can only make me associate with the likes of Graham Coxon’s solo material, particularly the album ‘A+E’.

Even into ‘Northern Soul’ this remains in a way as the essence of Blur, steady strumming throughout the background of the vocals with the held back harmonising on top. The track finishes with added quirky electronica and clapping sound effects, Primal Scream style? Already early on having elements which make me need to refer to some of the biggest bands of all time is not a bad shout for a band who despite having to join forces with London based partners in difference to their past American origin, have reintroduced themselves with a favourably free spirited album and one said to enhance the new-found flexibility of the music industry.

This debut features dirty psychedelia guitar and steady paced gritty vocals, along with their style, vibrantly bring to life their name as SKATERS.

As we start getting into the album the real sound of SKATERS’ emotive and rhythmic indie rock begins to shine through. There seems to be some similarities from the newer bands such as track four ‘Head Onto Nowhere’, I particularly feel reminded of Baby Strange and their dark, somewhat sensual sound.

Again track ‘Restless Babe’ makes me think of lovely lyrical and mellow musical features from the likes of Magic Gang and early acoustic Blur.  ‘I’m Not A Punk’ is a lovely lyrical statement of a song which makes you want to sway along in the sunshine. It leads smoothly into the second half of the album as well as anticipates the further song-writing of SKATERS, strongly within ‘Respect The Hustle’ accompanied by loud lulls.

Though they are a band willing to show off their mighty mixed up music, none of the tracks on this album seem out of place. Naming ‘Rock And Roll Bye Bye’ as the title track I think was tactful in tying together the most significant elements of the album, from the tapping tune in time with the rhythmic self-titled lyric, adding a reminiscent essence to what the album has given. An anthem atmosphere fades into the album’s closing track ‘In Your Head’, this is the single being released a month prior to the album release. Its twang of guitar along with delicately delivered lyrics is a reflection for what will be received within ‘Rock And Roll Bye Bye’.

I know there has been an awful amount of reference from me to a lot of different bands and sounds within this review but really what I’m trying to show you is that SKATERS aren’t just a band with influence. They’re a massive mashup of magnificent music which contributes to their own. Of which I had to describe through familiarity as I can not quite put my finger on it. The band have something, something which I shall let you understand through those now eager ears of your own.

SKATERS’ sophomore album ‘Rock And Rock Bye Bye’ is to be released via their very own Yonks Records on 24th March 2017.

SKATERS’ soundcloud which it will be available to stream from:

(Feature images courtesy of SKATERS PR)

TRACKLISTING

Rock and Roll Bye Bye LP (Yonks)

  1. Just Like Your Mother
  2. Northern Soul
  3. Clip Art Link 1 Bubbles
  4. Head On To Nowhere
  5. Restless Babe
  6. Song 19 (Revisited)
  7. I’m Not A Punk
  8. Respect The Hustle
  9. Criminal Feels
  10. Mental Case
  11. Rock and Roll Bye Bye
  12. In Your Head

(Feature images courtesy of SKATERS PR)

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