Single Review: The Last of the Light Brigade – Walking Blind

By on Monday, 24th June 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Guernsey is well known for being the only British territory to be invaded by the Nazis, its sweet fruity bread, spawning Matt Le Tissier (Le God), and of course it’s known for gorgeous creamy milk. [I once made John laugh when I told him early on when he started writing for TGTF that the only thing I knew about Guernsey was the Guernsey cow – Ed.] What it’s not known for is gleefully lovelorn romantic indie pop, and hooks that have both the line and the sinker. Luckily over the last 5 years, Guernsey’s music scene has been slowly chiselled away from the glut of heavy metal bands, the kind that often filled the bills at local venues and festivals, and now it’s moving towards a more mainstream, commercial sound.

Now the word commercial with most music aficionados comes with a misconception of negativity, of selling out. I look at it this way: commercial sound is more accessible to the widespread public, and therefore available for more enjoyment. What’s wrong with that? So I introduce The Last of the Light Brigade, with their new, commercially accessible single ‘Walking Blind’. Ignore the typically Guernsey video featuring a well-known local politician as gimmicks aside, the song is some delightfully twee indie pop.

The lyrics like how lead singer Tyler Edmonds’ “head has been in the sky / asking himself why” smack with every love lost cliché. But to his credit, the song does show off how his vocal range has evolved and in comparison with their last single ‘The Door’; this time is very different, focusing on the bands vocal harmony on the chorus. In fact, the entire focus of the track really is the positive harmonies that the three-piece produce. It’s a kind of whimsical take on a song about a topic that is altogether less whimsical, interspersed with a whirling, yet easy going guitar solo interlude followed by the chorus that wouldn’t sound out of place on an old school emo whiner.

Whininess aside, it’s difficult not to listen to this track and be positive, despite the subject matter, and it signals maybe not a renaissance for Guernsey’s less heavy bands, but at least a marker being placed alongside similar local bands Of Empires and Twelve Ton Trouble. More of the same please…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvIrFaX7ERg[/youtube]

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5:42 pm
24th June 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: Single Review: The Last of the Light Brigade @LOTLB – Walking Blind: http://t.co/yOAR0TtKXb

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