Delusions of Grandeur is the debut long-player from Barnsley’s finest The Salient Braves whose music I’ve championed a few times before on this blog, so now, as I hoped for at the end of 2016 I’m pleased to be sitting here typing a few more words of support for the band, whose creative output deserves a wider audience, with the album serenading me in all of its analogue glory – the vinyl release features ten tracks to maintain the integrity of the 180g release the remaining three songs accompany the album digitally when you order from Broken Down Records Bandcamp.
The band are Matt Bailey, Johny Nocash and Neil Ritchie with backing vocals courtesy of Dani, the album was recorded at Ace Things Studio, self-produced and engineered/mixed by Neil.
Songwriter Matt’s lyrics provide the centrepiece for the album, insightful, frequently acerbic and witty, his societal observations in song scratch away the cracked veneer that may, to some, suggest everything’s alright in 2017, vignettes on the everyday, on life, vices, domestic abuse, mental health – the subject matter may be tempered by a catchy chorus or with clever melodic phrasing but that doesn’t diminish the message, it’s punk, it’s indie in its truest sense and it’s a damn fine record too, my favourite of 2017 (so far) and you should go and get yourself a copy too, in keeping with the indie ethic the vinyl is only £12,
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Named after a long-standing agony aunt from a popular Scottish newspaper, The Just Joans formed in Glasgow in 2007. Over the last ten years they have released a series of EPs on WeePOP! and have built something of a cult following among navel-gazing indie types. Their songs detail the highs and lows (mainly lows) of modern life, with a particular focus on failing relationships and missed opportunities. Musical touchstones for the band include The Magnetic Fields, The Shangri-Las, Smokey Robinson, The Kinks and Orange Juice.
Now, after a recording hiatus of several years, The Joans are back with a brand new single “No Longer Young Enough”, a girl group-esque ode to that realisation when facing a Saturday night of clubbing that you’d much rather stay in, read a good book and feel fresh in the morning. The track was premiered via Clash, who wrote; “Finding poetry in the often humdrum problems of others, the band’s attempts to document daily life resulted in some rather fine songwriting.”
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