After spending a week reviewing strong and sometimes sombre rock acts it is with some relief that the new EP from Manchester 4 piece ‘Girl Friend’ landed on my desk.
The ‘Arrive Alone, Leave Alone’ EP continues where 2014’s ‘Everyone Wants to be Wanted’ left off. We’re again treated to infectious indie-disco and a sound that is becoming unequivocally theirs. At no stage in proceedings do you feel any requirement to lock yourself in a darkened room, or mournfully gaze out of the nearest window … this music has the opposite effect. ‘Girl Friend’ have a sound that demands movement, a foot tap or a gentle repetitive nod of the head. It’s absolutely impossible not to be animated by this new EP.
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The opening track of this new release ‘Monte Carlo’ is testament to the previous point. It has an almost Euro-pop 80’s feel to it and a chorus that I guarantee will stay with you until your evenings slumber. In fact, the entire EP has a feeling of escapism; a sensation of sun kissed holidays from the past and a lifting of the harsh winter we’ve just experienced. The fact this release seems to have arrived at the same time as the British sun suddenly starts feeling like less of a coincidence. This tiny 4 track EP welcomes summer with a rapturous applause.
‘Arrive Alone, Leave Alone’ is released on the 27th April 2015, via Tri-Tone.
The full track-listing for the ‘Arrive Alone, Leave Alone’ EP is as follows…
‘You Lead the Way’
‘Style and Substance’
You can experience this Mancunian sun-kissed EP for yourselves at…
15th April 2015 – King Tuts, Glasgow
16th April 2015 – Think Tank, Newcastle
17th April 2015 – Picture House Social, Sheffield
18th April 2015 – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
20th April 2015 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
21st April 2015 – Crofters Rights, Bristol
23rd April 2015 – The Cookie, Leicester
24th April 2015 – Also Known As, Banbury
25th April 2015 – Lennon’s, Southampton
26th April 2015 – Prince Albert, Brighton