EP Review: Sandra’s Wedding - Good Morning, Bad Blood
Sam Jacques / 06-11-2018
This five track EP is the latest instalment from the Goole four piece, but this album is far from a horror and is in fact hauntingly brilliant. The band blend the smooth piano ballads, with upbeat indie anthems. Yet the songs ooze with confidence, as is shown in the diverse song writing and lyricism. The EP transgresses the pigeonhole of genre and allows mariachi trumpets and larghetto string sections to fire it into realms of modern art. With an introspectively modern outlook, the lyrics portray an updated and ironic view of love and British life, something widely refreshing in an industry full of cheesy love-song pop.
The title track opens the EP with a ricocheted drum fill, a warning to the onslaught of hooky melodies to come. As the pumping drum beat continues, the band’s influences are shown on their sleeve. The heavenly arpeggiated chords, triggering the collective memories of U2’s classic sound, that are so deeply instinctive in popular culture. It’s somewhat surprising then when we hear a Morrissey-esque voice riding the soundwaves. Joe Hodgson provides a soothing tone on this instalment, which perfectly counterbalances the chugging rhythm of the song.
Moving on to second song, Titanic, the band show a softer side, yet again playing on collective memory to reach the masses. The only piano ballad on the album, this song acts as the glue binding together themes of modern love and true romance. By accompanying the song with an ethereal cello sound, emotions are allowed to run free and interweave between the keys of the piano. An interweaving that is also utilised on the following track, Saturday Night Television. The title of the track itself secretes a false sense of the mundane, only pull the rug from under your feet with pop culture references to The Simpsons and current television. Such references highlight the underlying isolation of our society, yet also the solace to be found in normality. Undoubtedly, the best piece of song writing on the EP.
Run Rabbit Run, the penultimate track, hits with force as it bursts into a mariachi led trumpet riff. Like it says on the tin, the song leaves you running through a plethoric euphoria. The tune ends with a stadium filled finality as it catches up with you and leaves you plummeted into the enigma of This Heart. As an album closer, it perfectly summarises the tone of its prelude. Lyricism is quirky and to the point, stand out lines like, “what use are fingers when there’s no one to undress” perfectly define the band’s statement on modern love. It can be said that this line is a perfect snapshot of what is an enigmatic and graceful release.
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