Over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to attend some fantastic concerts all around the world. Radiohead and Coldplay are definitely two of the bands that were bucket list opportunities and memories that I will never forget as long as I live. One of the most enjoyable experiences about going to see one of your all time favourite bands, is discovering the wealth of talent they have backing them. Support slots at big concerts aren’t really held in the same regard as the main event, yet it allows you to discover some pretty killer music along the way. Whilst I have not be lucky enough to see the two bands I’m about to talk about, I’m able to happily rant about their killer debut records and the follow up releases over the past couple of years.
I first stumbled upon the indie guitar pop sounds of English pop group The Rifles back in the day around (2007 or 8) upon when they released their debut record, No Love Lost. Sounding equal parts like Blur mixed with Franz Ferdinand, I was immediately captivated by the polished and instantly energetic and charismatic sound that the band had. One of the things about this record is that the majority of the songs on the release go for about three minutes or so, which takes the full playing time to just over about 30 minutes or so. Whether you are a music listener that listens to the full album journey or skips and chops and changes, this album is sure to change your mind about things.
It’s funny to think about how you fall in love with certain albums and then get lost indulging in other new sounds and as a result your favourites can get shelved for a while. Admittedly, I have completely forgotten about this album, however, upon listening to it from start to finish, the original reasoning this was the only album I listened to for six months became immediately present. Throughout the 11 tracks there is an energy that other bands at the time (Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand) were also hitting upon. Even if you just listen to this record for one song, make that song ‘Spend Lifetime’. Killer brit pop that you probably haven’t got around to checking out.
Another band to do a similar thing, is the New York City group The Postelles. Their debut self-titled album was produced by Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes and showcases they were a band on the rise. Having toured with the likes of The Kooks and Kings of Leon and, whilst the band has not ever toured Australia, they have played on the bill at Coachella. So if that is any indication of how brilliant they are, then you should definitely check them out. It’s indie guitar pop that is sure to make you swoon and smile in no time. From seeing some videos on YouTube, The Postelles are the kind of band to dress in tight indie stovepipes and play vintage guitar equipment.
It’s like every kid’s dream to be in a band like that, whereby you tour around the world playing shows to thousands of people. This album is full of wonderous pop gems that are sure to put a smile on your face – no matter what you are going through. These albums have both been tested on roadtrip collection playlists and they work out very well. The wind in your hair travelling down the open road, summertime is coming and this should definitely be on your Spotify playlist.
There are more albums that I have rediscovered over the past couple of months, so be sure to check out The Night Vibe column over the next couple of weeks, especially ahead of the big day that is soon upon us, you’ll all need ideas. I’ve got suggestions, simple. Until next time.
Written by Tex Miller