‘Bracing’ is especially applied to the final track, ‘The Redemption Of Sonic Beauty’. Without downplaying the preceding eleven tracks, this closer is something magnificent. The slightly pretentious titling can be forgiven for its ballad-euphoria. The guitar solo, vocal highs and steadily building drums are all you can hope for in a closing track. Apt, then, that its lyrics explore the joys of music itself: “there’s a language anyone can understand […] augmentation, syncopations, good vibrations, music to my ears”. The piano featured was reportedly bought second-hand for £100, endearing the band even further, and instilling more of that somehow-familiar worn-in warmth.
Alex (guitars/vocals), Scott Concepcion (guitars/keys/vocals), Ryan Durrans (drums/vocals) and Jonny “Bass Mon Jon” Cunliffe (bass) are right to have support from such giants as Tim Burgess, Blossoms and even the Paul Weller (the latter two offering support slots before Covid shook its head ‘no’). Expect many more fans -rock royalty and not- to join ranks; after this debut, it’ll be hard not to back The Lathums.
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