Sit Up & Pay Attention To The Riptide Movement's 'Getting Through'
If you’re after a catchy, foot stomping, energetic rock album, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Dublin band The Riptide Movement signed a new record deal with major label Universal last year, ahead of the original release of their third album 'Getting Through'. A year later, after rocketing to number one in the Irish album charts and going gold selling over there, the album is being globally released and bound to be just as successful elsewhere.
The album opens with “Animal”, a massive anthem style track that is definitely going to be a huge hit played live, with thousands of fans fist pumping and screaming along. The album is definitely not short on catchy choruses and energetic melodies, as the band prove their incredible song writing skills through their ability to make simple yet fantastic tracks that are impossible to forget. Lead single from the album “All Works Out” is a beautifully positive track which really highlights Frontman Mal Tuohy’s wonderfully bluesy rock vocals - and this may be a track you recognise as it was featured on a Discover Ireland advert last summer.
The Riptide Movement have managed to find this wonderful mixture of styles - you could easily imagine hearing tracks like “You & I” drunkenly swaggered in a small, sweaty pub crammed full of rowdy fans, yet they also would very comfortably fit atop a main stage at some of the UK’s biggest festivals, with an entire field of people chanting the choruses back to the band.
Their diversity is also evident within the album, with tracks like “Across The Water” taking a darker, aching turn, filled with passionate lyrics of a man missing his homeland. Personal favourite “Skin and Bones” continues along a similar sounding route, and the addition of an almost haunting backing of a harmonica in both tracks, definitely showing a different light to the band and adding more depth to the album.
The pace picks back up with “Friday to Sunday”, an infectious little number with more raw hooks, before the sombering “Sycamore Tree” closes the album. It ticks all the boxes for a ‘lighters in the air’ kind of finale with its gorgeous lyrics and would definitely work as a stripped down acoustic track at live shows.
Overall, an album packed with big riffs and rousing choruses, powerful lyrics and a huge helping of rock’n’roll. Think Kodaline meets Biffy Clyro with a splash more twangy guitars and an even stronger accent. It’s no surprise this album did so well in their home country, and I’m sure it’ll be the one that makes the rest of the world sit up and pay attention.
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Words by Liss Parkes