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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The Retrospectives

The Retrospectives a three piece pop rock band from Sheffield in England is Tom Galton (Vocals / Guitar), Will Stocks (Bass) and Paul Jackson (Drums).

The Retrospectives - pop rock from England

The Retrospectives

Keeping the musical structures very open, The Retrospectives work or fail on the strength of the lyrics and vocal delivery which is a brave place in which to play, given the easy off-hand criticisms which swirl around so freely now. In many ways I think they succeed as the trio is able to deliver a sound which has a modernist folk feel with inflections of rock to give the material a stronger base.

Given the nature of the music they compose the tracks translate to either an acoustic or electronic delivery and whilst the electronic versions do work well, the vocal becomes a mid-atlantic drawl that regular readers know is not a sound that rests easily with me and gives the effect of something more related to US indie-pop. When  played acoustically the vocal reverts to landfall and the instrumental becomes more engrossing and as a result the whole sound is much richer for it.

It will be interesting to see how The Retrospectives develop as a band as they have the innate ability to travel far, both electronically and acoustically.


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