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As a bit of a geek as far as fonts are concerned, I would like to begin by offering a small round of applause to Newcastle alt. rockers A Festival, A Parade for their use of a wonky comma on the front of their latest single, Big Screen TV. It’s a thing of genuine beauty and I weirdly can’t stop thinking about it.

It is thus with some excitement that I was keen to listen to this track and find out if the band could do for my ears what they have done for my eyes. I’m pleased to report a second small round of applause coming their way because, likewise, I can’t stop thinking about this single either. Big Screen TV is like a warm fuzzy scarf for the soul that wraps you up a snowy November memory and won’t let go. The legato feel of the verse skips along like a dream before pausing to tip you into a chorus of searing riffs. There’s a sense of exultation as the melodies climb then dip into a crescendo of drums that, after a neat three minutes and three seconds, had my head spinning.

It’s easy to see why the band are going places; with recent support slots alongside the likes of Sam Fender, The Cult and Suede, their sound is perfect for the big stage. As for many, it’s not quite going according to plan right now, but the guys are making the best of things by releasing a slew of new tracks over the coming months. If they’re as good as this one, the summer is suddenly looking a whole lot brighter.

A Festival, A Parade release Big Screen TV on 7th May



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