Euphoric, rebellious, vital and alive with the punk energy of early Manics, the garage rock of Blue Album era Weezer and the pop summer nostalgia of Ash. It's an album about being young, being free and just getting out there. The album's opening track An Ivory Hand ruminates on two people who came from the same place but turned out different, and the lessons forgotten and learned by returning home. Burning For No One is about the self-realisation that an unrequited celebrity crush is fruitless, "Like a candle on a vacant table...burning for no one," and is part teenage confessional but also a thank you to the protagonist's crush - he can now move on past an unreal love to something more substantial. This album made me want to jump off sand dunes and have adventures. You should too.
Originally published April 2015 in Kirkby Extra 319.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.