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Energetic rock ‘n’ rollers Lovejoy release the new single, The Youth Abide (with bonus track, Feels Alright) and we’re delighted to get an exclusive listen. The band are full of a rough and ready charm and a punk finesse, the music fizzes with character and provides a sharp and borderline shambolic (in a good way) bed for which Dan’s warm Northern vocal can rest upon.

The single, recorded at Rocking Horse in Durham, is a reflection of the band’s live sound as guitarist, Alistair Crackett points out. ‘When we are recording, we play the tracks as a band so we can get the same feeling out of the tracks that we do when we play live. The only parts of the recording which was done later and added in was the vocals of The Youth Abide and the keg we used as a drum to add emphasis on the last part of the song. Feels alright was recorded in one take with all instruments and vocals at the same time. We think this gives it a natural feel along with Dan’s slightly spoken word vocals which we believe turned out very well and shows a different side to our music.’

Vocalist Dan Pod gives more insight into what the songs are about:

The Youth Abide
“This song was written thinking of the optimistic youth of today. Going from living in council estates, scrounging their last pennies and wearing the scruffy clothes they wore the day before to living life in the purest form and creating their own entertainment from things they shouldn’t have been doing at their age.”

Feels Alright
“This song doesn’t tell a story or lead you through a tale of any kind, it’s purely about the feelings you often have but never speak about. The title is pretty self explanatory as when you are “feeling alright” you never question it, despite a lot of the time questioning any other feelings someone may experience.”

If you like what you hear then they are playing a show with Scruff Of The Neck at The Cluny, Newcastle on Thursday 8th August. Tickets are £7 ADV (and booking fee) and available online.

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