Hailing from Bristol, British alternative rock band Goodnight Lois have made their national debut with a riot of energy and infectious might in the shape of first single Hollywood. It is a song which lights up the ear with contagious melodies and irresistible hooks whilst rousing the senses with a rampant drive and passionate energy. Whether it offers anything particularly new is debatable but the insatiable heart and contagious breath it does unleash is beyond dispute and makes for a pretty impressive introduction.
Consisting of vocalist Daniel West, guitarists Jordan Shortman and Simon Bright (ex-Sloppy Joe and The Following Announcement respectively), bassist Karl Hargreaves (ex-Labotomies), and drummer Danny Watts (ex- The Following Announcement), the band since forming in 2011, has lit up the south west of England with their energy driven performances. Released through Like Records, Hollywood is now set to put the rest of the country on alert with its imaginative rock pop urgency and acutely crafted sounds.
Opening with a lone jangly guitar against a crackling atmosphere, Hollywood soon emerges as a stomping virus to send the senses into heated responses and enjoyment. Rapping beats soon enter the fray before the track fully opens its arms with spidery sonic weaves and a pulsating stride. Keys are soon enflaming the skies with their glowing and radiant spotlights of sound whilst the vocals of West are expressive and strongly compliment the evocative sounds. Fully in charge of voice and limbs, its charge an irresistible union sparking companion, the song unleashes a scorching guitar solo and a full depth of passion to make for a contagion which is more than just something to sing-a-long to. Like the city itself, the track is a bustling energy with dazzling colour and the cause of many addictive returns.
The single is completed by the emotive ballad New Orleans. The song shows another side to the band, its mesmeric wash of melancholic sounds through impassioned strings and acoustic caresses an enveloping pleasure with the again impressive vocals of West a stirring reflection of the lyrical outpouring. Though not as instantaneous and compelling as Hollywood, the song captivates with its open passion and accomplished elegance.
Two songs are never really enough to tell if a band has the makings of something truly special but Hollywood certainly offers enough evidence to avoid initial doubts. Anthemic and loaded with feeling, the single is a strong and pleasing first engagement with Goodnight Lois.
Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright