It’s often all too easy to label 90s British bands as Britpop but that’s like labelling all types of sport as, well, sport. Or saying every car is the same because it’s called a car.
There are so many varieties that one term can’t possibly describe the many types of sound that came out of that defining decade. After all, Oasis, Blur, Pulp and The Verve, couldn’t have been more different. Some were focussed on pop, others rock ‘n’ roll and some firmly in between.
What they did have in common though, is the ability to write memorable, catchy hooks and songs that related to people. Tunes that were played everywhere from Radio 1 to dive nightclubs. They wrote songs that got stuck in your head for days that somehow you ended up knowing all the lyrics to without ever trying to learn them.
The 90s are long gone and the days of stadium-filling British bands seem a distant memory. It’s even been said that guitar music is dying. So what do you get in 2020 when a group of seven guys from the West Midlands come along, grab the 90s by the scruff of the neck and drag it kicking and screaming into the present day?
The answer is Marquis Drive.
After the success of their debut single ‘Proud’, they’re back with their follow up, ‘Truth Don’t Shock’ and they certainly haven’t taken their foot off the pace. This is a hard-hitting rock song which, like their debut, features another anthemic chorus that they waste no time getting to. This is clearly a talented band who are channelling all their energy and influences into producing memorable, knockout songs.
If their first two singles are anything to go by, their album, due out in September is on course to be a cracker. Marquis Drive aren’t just another run-of-the-mill Britpop band. Nor are they just another guitar band riding on the success of their 90s influences. This is Britpop with balls, anthemic rock ‘n’ roll by a band who already ooze confidence, swagger and style by the bucketload. They’ve arrived with a bang.
‘Truth Don’t Shock’ is out now on all digital platforms.