Let’s buy happiness first grabbed our attention back in 2011 when they released the stunning singles ‘Wolves’, ‘Fast Fast’ and ‘Dirty Lakes’. Having built a reputation as one of the North East’s most promising young bands, they were quickly dragged out of the pub circuit and into Maida Vale studios by the BBC. Unbelievably, they played Glastonbury’s prestigious John Peel Stage alongside Foals, Florence and The XX within a year of their first gig. Mumford and Sons were also on the stage, but don’t blame that on Let’s buy happiness.
Today’s Track of the day is just a taster of their new album, ‘Chants for Friends’, which has fans and critics alike foaming at the mouth. Called ‘Run’, this is an open door into the slower, softer and more sensual side of the band.
Despite its delicacy, it’s an incredibly powerful track in which lead singer Sarah Hall uses her angelic vocals to carry us high above the guitars and percussion. Whilst not as fast or upbeat as their previous releases, it’s thoughtfully composed and captures the emotion of a broken relationship beautifully. Whereas ‘Fast Fast’ or ‘Dirty Lakes’ pulls you from your seat and forces you to dance, ‘Run’ forces you to reflect. Sorry if this is too deep for a Saturday.
It’s clear from listening to the song that the band have spent the past couple of years sharpening their sound and shaking the nerves out of their performances. Which is just as well because the release of ‘Chants for Friends’ and an ongoing October tour promises to fully launch them into the mainstream. If ‘Run’ isn’t your cup of tea then find some enjoyment in their other tracks because you’ll be hearing a lot more of them over the coming years.