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Park View are a band named for the Newcastle Uni halls, aiming to “bring anthemic tunes back to indie rock”, citing Arctic Monkeys and Catfish & The Bottlemen as influences. If that sounds a little too laddish for you, then you’ll be pleasantly delighted by the actual track, which is unabashedly melodic guitar pop.

Lyrics that are nostalgic, firmly rooted in the familial, sincere and supported by a track that gradually builds into the celebratory (synth?) brass climactic ending, so the lyrics “only shy bairns get nowt” feels earned and genuinely anthemic. It’s probably easier to hear Sam Fender as an influence, then. This track is a more introspective reflection than boozy sing-along. It’s Park View, not Ricky Road.


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