If you hadn’t heard of these guys until recently, then it might seem as if they’ve exploded out of nowhere. However, The Lapelles have slowly been making waves over the last year or so across Scotland with lively music and even livelier live shows. This, topped off with shows across England recently, support slots with The View and The Last Shadow Puppets and upcoming sets at London Calling in Amsterdam and the T Break at T in the Park show that the East Kilbride 5-piece easily have what it takes to become a hit across the United Kingdom.
Their previous releases ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Snakehips’ were riff driven and dragged you in, everything you’d expect from quality indie tracks. ‘Grab Life By’ continues this trend, bursting into an introduction with noise and a fast pace before breaking into an upbeat riff. The verse is very well balanced, with vocals from frontman and rhythm guitarist Gary Watson backed by bright chords and a lively bassline. The chorus is uplifting and catchy, with the lyrics and guitar riff easy to remember. At under 3 and a half minutes the track is short and to the point, despite being the longest track available to listen to online, and every beat is used to full effect to create a brilliant song. It comes across purely as a bit of fun, and the video shows it too.
The Lapelles begin a 4 date Scottish date on the 15th June at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus, and if you can make any of their shows I urge you to do so. Having seen them on a few occasions, and having shared the stage with them previously, I know that the band always put on a good show and create an excitable and eager crowd. You’d be mad to miss out on one of Scotland’s next big things.
15th June: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
16th June: Reading Rooms, Dundee
17th June: Hootananny, Inverness
18th June: The Tunnels, Aberdeen