The indie band, The Lines, formed in 2003 in Wolverhampton. Having released their debut album in October last year, they have steadily gained a long string of loyal fans.
Openly admitting I’d never heard of The Lines, a friend in work passed me their CD and I was pleasantly surprised by how good they are.
Sounding at times like a collaboration of some of the most influential indie bands such as Oasis and Kasabian, they definitely deserve more recognition than they currently have.
The lead singer, Alex Ohm, sells the songs with his strong vocals which seep his enthusiasm and passion. Combine this with the band’s tight performance and you have one hell of an indie record.
Catchy lyrics are definitely their thing. The anthemic lyrics of El Matador’s chorus, “I make mistakes, I’ve made my mistakes” and Kick Your Shoes Off’s sing-a-long chorus, “Kick Your Shoes Off, follow my lead” make these tracks especially memorable.
However, Let It Go becomes irritating after a while with the repetitive chorus of (you guessed it) “Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go…” as does the other rather repetitive chorus of Loudmouth, “Don’t speak so loud”. Ignoring these lapses in original lyrics, the rest of the album is fantastically written and produced.
The record offers a little something for everyone, ranging from the more upbeat numbers like How It Should Be to the more sombre, reflective and acoustic tones of We’ve Been Here Before and Over & Out.
Very rarely is there an album where you like every single track. The Lines, however, have managed to achieve this. Not one song is terrible, contains cheesy lyrics or drab music. Every track adds something to the record and it’s not often this is done.
For more information visit http://www.myspace.com/wearethelines.