A new band is already causing a bit of a stir on the radio and with vocals that lend themselves perfectly to indie classics, they’ll probably be causing a bit of a stir in a town near you soon. Having supported the likes of Nottingham band Spotlight Kid and Northern indie rockers Dutch Uncles, LunchBand (or Lunch) are set to land their own headline tour very soon.
Not bad considering they were only formed last year and they have an EP on its way too entitled Rabbits, Princes, Phantoms and Beaches. Describing themselves as indie/folk rock, Lunch have been rocking up BBC 6Music having gained a fan in DJ Tom Robinson, who made Beach Song one of his Fresh Faves last month. You can check out their music at https://www.soundcloud.com/lunchband or keep up with them at https://www.facebook.com/lunchband or https://www.twitter.com/lunchbanduk
The band, comprising of multi-instrumentalists Tom Cale and Josh Jackson, bassist James Mulligan and drummer John Innis, spent last year playing a string of small-time gigs in and around London and they’re now ready to unleash their sound to the world. Beach Song is a perfect background track to any summer picnic or barbecue and the gentle riffs may even act as a lullaby for kicking back and dozing off.
With a few drum beats, the listener is slowly eased into Tom’s voice, which bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Justin Young of The Vaccines. It’s much more chilled than the material of a lot of their indie rivals, which could be what sets them apart in a genre that is now hugely over-populated. The acoustic solo around the 2 minute mark is chill-out central before it picks up again with the drums and air-guitar worthy instrumental, which recurrs throughout the second half of the song.
The lyrics describe a relationship that is breaking down and it reflects on the nature of the dead romance. “I was like a lighthouse for your soul. Your beacon to come home. I was like a coastguard for your soul. Your speedboat and life float” depicts how he saw himself in the relationship and perhaps his confusion about why it has ended. It’s a classic song about heartbreak and a beach is a typical reflective setting, where just sitting with your own mind is a common occurence. Summer heartbreak encompassed in a 5 minute track!
LunchBand have that quirky sound to them that is currently so popular. It’s a hipster anthem that has a certain epic quality to it. The slow swaying rhythm is lighter-in-the-air music at its best and it must create a great atmosphere when performed live. Lunchtime just got better.