Call me cynical, but when I read the phrase ‘hi-octane alt-pop’, a little shiver of dread runs down my spine. It’s not that some ‘hi-octane alt-pop’ wouldn’t go down a treat, it’s just that over the past couple of years so many have promised it and failed to deliver. Hailing from the newly proclaimed Mecca of British music Southend-on-Sea (whose recent exports include These New Puritans, The Horrors and Scroobius Pip amongst others), Baddies are a band burdened with both this heritage and the cursed, aforementioned mantle.
The Jack Peñate many knew and loved has departed. Gone are the cheerful, upbeat and simple tunes that made Matinée such a popular album. As the title of his second album suggests Everything is New. Peñate is born again, and it’s brilliant. ‘Pull My Heart Away’ is the embodiment of Jack’s metamorphosis.
In true Noah and the Whale form First Days of Spring invokes emotion that others struggle to create. Filled with heartfelt lyrics and beautiful melodies, First Days of Spring is the perfect follow-up to Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down.
UFC legends Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy will be doing a signing at the MEN arena at 5:30pm on Monday 14th September.
If you can't make that, Fuse will be chatting to them next week and it will all be on the Youtube channel for you to check out.