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.
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