Yeah And She Has Red Lips Too

Yeah And She Has Red Lips Too an agit-pop-rock band from London in England is Caz Hellbent (Vocals / Guitar), Jez Leather (Vocals /Guitar), Justine Kay (Bass / Vocals) and Tommi B (Drums / Vocals).

Yeah And She Has Red Lips Too - agit-pop rock from England

Yeah And She Has Red Lips Too – Photo by Mikael Jaeger Jensen

Finely balancing music, message and audience isn’t an easy task and Yeah And She Has Red Lips Too traverse the ridge neatly with a package of sounds which has both compositional interest and a sincere message of attrition. The quartet is able to deliver their thoughts within a sound that doesn’t disenfranchise the listeners and for this I don’t criticise the band.

The powerful testament for me is the lyrical conceptualisation, as the band discourses societal fracturing.  The easy to engage rock derived constructs relishing in hooks and catchy refrains sits slightly at variance, yet suits, as it demonstrates that Yeah And She Has Red Lips Too is perfectly of its time in the country from which it emanates.

With a new six track EP coming out on the 25th November – Lost Generation Suite – I wish the quartet all the best in their direction of travel and it will be interesting to discover whether after the new release they will gain the confidence in their message that they feel able to hone the same razor edges to the instrumentation as sits in the lyric.

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We Don’t Want to Have to Fight You – Single – Yeah and She Has Red Lips Too is available on iTunes*.

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Desperate Journalist

Desperate Journalist from London in England is the indie rock quartet of Jo Bevan (Vocals), Simon Drowner (Bass), Rob Hardy (Guitar) and Caz Hellbent (Drums).

Desperate Journalist - alt rock from England

Desperate Journalist – Photo by Nick Thompson

Reminding me to an extent of The Slits, the music flows across the room in gentle waves of sound that gathers up the listener in rolling guitars. Relatively new, Desperate Journalist already have an EP behind them Cristina and a new two tracks being released as a single Organ out on the 11th November, they have started at a very high bar and look set fair to continue to develop both with their existing audience and ‘fans’ to be who haven’t come across their music yet and I would advise those who enjoy spacious textures to get to know the quartet in short order.

To merely reference Desperate Journalist as a ‘reminds me of’ band would be to serve them an injustice, as whilst there is much that is rooted in the late ’70s and early ’80s there is also a fluidity that speaks of the here and now. It would be easy to pick out the vocals as the defining memory of listening to the out-put, but that would to be to ignore delightfully composed songs in which all the players share an integral part in generating the atmosphere, as the guitar blends in out of the bass and percussion giving the music its intoxicating passion.

I look forward to hearing more of Desperate Journalist as they are without doubt a band who create sounds that add considerably to the world of music.

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Cristina – EP – Desperate Journalist is available on iTunes*.

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