Life In Film Prove To Be Our New Favourite Band With 'Here It Comes'
One day, I was probably procrastinating in my small box room when I stumbled across an acoustic video of Life In Film's track "Alleyway". I loved it and it's never got old for me, no matter how often I've listened to it. This seemed to bode well for the debut album 'Here It Comes', so I gave it a listen and wrote down what I thought.
Poetically enough, the first track on the album is in fact "Alleyway", which sets out a good president for the album. It's introduced with a catchy guitar rift, but there's so much more to it than just a nice tune. The song carries meaning which is also perfectly conveyed by the vocals of lead singer Samuel Fry, who's voice I can't help but compare to that of Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon, although used to a totally different, but equally rewarding effect.
After this, the album continues to go from strength to strength with the songs "Here it Comes" and "Are You Sure", both just as catchy, strong and equally reminiscent of summer as the first. Life in Film are definitely an indie rock band, but they're not just trying to replicate a cheap Foals as a lot of bands seem to be trying at the moment, they're all the lovely parts of the genre thrown together, and also show great diversity.This diversity is further proven in the tracks "Lose Control" and "Carla", both slower and somewhat more serious affairs than the previous three, but yet again they are just as enjoyable. Moving along and their sound becomes more apparent and I seemed to fall even deeper in love with the band and their debut project.
There most recent single "Get Closer" is yet another highlight of the album and prolonged my search for a fault with the album, relative to what I assume the band would be setting out to achieve with it. Their style is applied again in "The Idiot" and then transformed yet again on one of my stand out tracks "I'm Sorry, I Didn't Know What To Do", a seriously relatable song that throws another gem into the mix.
Often albums fade towards the end, something I had serious concerns for with this, but my concerns were unfounded, as the last too tracks, in particular the thought provoking "Anna, please don't go" are just as strong as the previous 10, and yet again, bring something totally different to this LP.
Life In Film are my new favourite band. Their style sits somewhere between Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend, but I'm doing them an injustice comparing them to anyone else. It's a style and album which has quite obviously been worked on for a number of years, and rather than rushing a debut album, with a few singles and some make shift fillers, they appear to have worked studiously worked on this album which is consistently strong throughout, and one of the best I have heard in their field. This is that band that you find in a small venue, with some infectious songs but don't know their name. Give them a chance and this LP will reward you.
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Words By Thomas Schofield