Formed in 2004, Scottish outfit is still a relatively unknown proposition south of the border. Even so they have nurtured and claimed a perpetually growing and intensely loyal fan base over past years from within the West of Scotland music scene, recognition which their new single could tease much further afield to reinforce a growing reputation already on the rise through their shows around the country.
It is fair to say that Get Up/ Live For The Weekend did not instantly grab us, though certainly enjoyment was the reaction to its two prong invitation, yet it and especially Get Up kept nagging away in the memory, drawing ears back and sparking increasing appetite for its proposal listen by listen.
Hailing from the small town of Bellshill, a few miles out from Glasgow, The Tranquil consists of vocalist Campbell Findlay, guitarist Martin Murphy, bassist Chris Ingram, and drummer Jason Hastings; the quartet creating an infectious and emotive indie rock sound as evidenced by their latest offering.
Get Up instantly tempts with a pulsating bassline, its earthy tone aligned to a more volatile guitar melody. Its fiery texture is in turn joined by the lively tones of Findlay, their union still courted by the great bass throb and the swinging beats of Hastings. Swiftly infectious and open in individual craft, the track continues to entice and increasingly so, its instinctive hooks and catchy vitality working away in song and thoughts even once departing ears.
Live For The Weekend does not quite have the same energy or catchiness yet its initial lure of guitar makes for a captivating invitation. As its emotive heart and reflection develops, the song relaxes into a reserved gait which does defuse its potency a touch though it is ignited again for a tenacious chorus. Fair to say, overall the song lacks the spark of its companion and the ability to get under the skin but still reinforces the sense of imagination and craft which has bred two highly enjoyable encounters.
As their double A-sided release plays it is easy to expect The Tranquil to make inroads into national attention ahead, certainly if they can nurture the individuality which Live For The Weekend and especially Get Up suggests.
Get Up/ Live For The Weekend is out now.
Pete RingMaster 27/10/2017
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