With a debut album out on October 16th, Wicketkeeper are a band casually going about their business, not dallying on the daily troubles that face us all nor taken a particular interest the irritations that surround them—they are a group that are set on living their lives as handsomely as they can. What’s more, they want you to do the same. Enter their new song ‘A Lot To Lose’, our Track of the Day.
There’s a certain degree of irreverence about the new track from Wicketkeeper. The group may stir some excitement when they swap instruments (a party piece that saw Arcade Fire grab some attention in the ’00s) but the real joy here is the lack of intensity. That’s not to say that Wicketkeeper doesn’t have a serious point to make on occasion, they certainly do, but when the world is figuratively and literally on fire, sometimes you just want to dance.
If that’s what you need today then Wicketkeeper have a double dose of art-pop punk to pour in your cup and pretend it’s past 5pm. It’s hard not to listen to this song and feel a familiar pump in your feet, shuffle in your step and sway in your hips, telling you that everything’s going to be ok, if only for these three minutes and twenty-five seconds.
“Lyrically, it’s written from the perspective of a dead advisor,” says Simon Morley of the trio in a press release. For the band, and the times, the message of the song is clear: “It’s a pretty simple message: when you’re dead you can’t do anything. So you might as well do a bunch of stuff before you’re dead. Don’t fucking hang around not doing anything, looking confused.”
For those lacking a real sense of the group and the track, Morley puts it into simpler terms: “It carries the same sentiment as that Shia LaBeouf video.” It’s in this statement that we can see the crux of the group. Sure, there’s a message here, one we’re not all too unfamiliar with, essentially YOLO. But the fact is, that the track, as well as being a message of insistence, is a piece of lose-yourself-dancing-in-the-mirror fun that we all need, like Shia LaBeouf with a ponytail screaming down the barrel of the lens.
“We’ve also opened a few sets with it because it’s so energetic and upbeat,” Morley continued. “It’s a good one to blast the cobwebs out when you’re first on at the Shacklewell Arms playing to your girlfriends and the FOH engineer. Lots of cymbals and open hi-hats for me to hit and it’s really fun to play.”
The band might have had a few empty audiences in their time, which great band hasn’t? But they will soon be playing to bigger and bigger crowds if they can keep up this level of craftsmanship. The song isn’t likely to win an Ivor Novello and the muso purists looking for complex chord patterns and noodling basslines best steer clear. Wicketkeeper’s latest effort is all about having a beer-spilling, friend-hugging, hangover-inducing good time.