The return of jazz and disco music has come with the recent rise of hipster culture and a yearning for the past when things were simpler. A lot of indie bands are incorporating sounds of the 1950s and 60s into their music with a few even going back as far as the 20s and 30s, when blasts of brass instruments got everyone up and dancing in ballrooms everywhere. The Golden Boys have taken these vintage sounds and brought them right up-to-date on their new EP AAA.
They’re a London collective of nine members who are so quirky and unique. There is a touch of Madness to their sound but with a lot more jazzy disco flair. First beginning as a four-piece in 2010, they are now a much bigger, enhanced group who bring joy and excitement to audiences everywhere. Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney has recently given them her support and their growing fanbase are no doubt behind this extrovert, theatrical troupe.
AAA begins with I Survive, which kicks off with a jazzy blast and retro disco riff. Simple spoken verses intersperse with indie vocals on the chorus. The lyrics are strange and in this case a little cheesy, for example “I survive on a diet of your sweet love” is the main hook. The backing vocals offer a barbershop effect before the funky drum breakdown, a glistening piano and some final sax blasts.
In the middle is the comedic City Gent. Although it is a commentary, ultimately on the relationship between social classes in London, it’s done in a very tongue-in-cheek way. Again, the jazz element is rife and shimmering electronics give it a bit of a modern twist. The instrumentals which repeat over and over are catchy and really fit in with the monotony of a city worker’s life. The arrogance of the song’s protagonist will no doubt resonate with a lot of listeners, making The Golden Boys easy to identify with.
Ending on Wheel Of Fortune, it’s a real disco affair to go out on. A soft synth and solid beat introduce the kooky indie track. Whining riff and a sax joins a catchy bass which makes up the bulk of the instruments, which adopts the retro disco vibe. It’s another softly spoken track that really sums up what they’re all about.
The Golden Boys are a quirky band who are perhaps an acquired taste. If you can’t stand the loud braps of a saxophone or cheeky lyrics, then they really won’t be for you. However, if you need a bit of sunshine in your day, then this is the perfect EP to stick on.