Fresh off the momentum of their recent single "Carried Away", the English alt-rock group Leopard Rays from Hartlepool have upped the ante with their latest banger "Curtain Call".
With their signature big indie rock tone, Leopard Rays open the track with driving quarter note percussion grooves surrounded by bass and guitars. The strings are built from skillfully chosen chords, which perhaps harken to some midwest-emo rock influences a la Jimmy Eat World, Silversun Pickups or similar. The band then propels the listener sideways into a bright, refreshing twist as the lead melodic guitar and vocals enter after a few bars.
The high-gain lead guitar tastefully complements the verse vocals throughout the song and gives an overall bright, major key energy. The vocals similarly have a vintage UK sound to them, reminiscent of fine acts such as The Wombats or Franz Ferdinand among many others.
All of this paves the way towards the excellent sing-a-long anthem of a chorus, informing "...you can never switch it up/and it drives you up the wall...".
"Curtain Call" traverses a great instrumental bridge-interlude lasting for nearly a minute, then gives us one last chance to catch a breath before dispatching us with the indelible, catchy chorus in its own "curtain call".
Solid production and great songwriting all around. As the title might imply, this song is worthy of a second appearance in any indie rock playlists.
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