For the third week in a row I am back with another band review, of another small, local Notts band. However, in this one I will also give my thoughts on their latest release which was an EP! It did come out quite a few weeks ago, but I’ve been sidetracked, so when Harvey said that it would be great if I could do this review, I thought, why not finally do it?!
I do not own this logo, it was simply just the photo that Harvey sent me
So I’m going to do the band review part of this first and then I’ll talk about their EP.
Okay so, Fading Blonde is an indie/alt-rock band from Notts (okay yes I know all I ever do is write about alt-rock bands or Notts bands, but we have a good music scene).
The band consists of;
Harvey – Drums
Owen – Guitar
Evan – Guitar and Vocals
Charlie – Bass
For Fans Of:
- Remo Drive
- Joyce Manor
I do like them, and I can’t vouch for most of the band but I can say that Harvey is really nice and sweet and I assume the rest of the guys are too just Harvey is the only one I’ve ever had contact with.
As a band, I’d give them a 4.5 out of 5 lemons.
However, there’s an EP to talk about here…
So I do quite like their EP, I really like the sound of it, and it definitely gives you a good taste of the sound that Fading Blonde has to offer. After hearing the EP it makes me want to see them live again because I did actually see them live back in August when they supported Don’t Forget Rupert alongside The Mocking Jays. The EP definitely exceeded my expectations, and that says something because at this point I’m used to me having way too high of expectations for bands to have EP’s and tracks that go beyond what I expect, and honestly. It’s a decent EP. I do really like it, don’t know how much I want to admit the amount I like it, but I do. It’s just catchy, and it’s nice and it’s really good! It opens with Flashing Lights which is such an incredible song, and the sound of it, it’s a sound I do hear flooded over the music scene and that makes me really happy because I love some of the sounds that are flooded on the scene but when there’s a different sound it’s nice, it’s refreshing.
We then transition into Dislocate, and this sounds different to Flashing Lights but I love that because I hate when you listen to an EP or album and it’s all the same sound and it’s hard to pick between the songs. This track reminds me of a pop-punk band who I cannot for the life of me remember who it is. But I like it, it’s different but it’s great! It’s unique. It certainly progresses and it gets a lot better the further into the song you get, and at the start of the song, I like it so…
The next track is My Worst which I don’t even want to admit the number of times I’ve listened to this song, back in January I listened to this song A LOT. I love the sound of it, it’s such a beautiful sound, and the lyrics as well! From the moment I first listened to My Worst I knew I was going to like Fading Blonde, call it my gateway song if you wish to. It will forever be my favourite on the EP, without a doubt.
After that, we move onto the second to last track, which is Missing Everything, which this song certainly isn’t. It’s not missing anything, at the start of the song it almost reminds me of the Friends theme song a little bit, if you listen to it then you may get what I mean, and if you don’t then maybe I’m just weird, but because I can hear that in it, I love it more than I think I would without it. It’s definitely my second favourite track, I love the sound it’s honestly like My Worst and I’ll Be There For You had a baby and it was this song.
The last track on the EP is Clouds, and my head may as well be in the clouds with this EP because what a stunner of an EP! It’s the perfect song to end the EP. It’s one of them tracks that could only open or end an EP or album. You know them sort of tracks that just explain the EP perfectly. I love the lyrics to this song. It’s a little lighter on the sound, but that’s not a bad thing, it’s really not. I’m not complaining about that in the slightest. Lyrically it’s my favourite, overall it’s still My Worst but these last three tracks, it’s hard to pick a favourite.
Overall, I love the EP. I love it so much, and I’m definitely going to be listening to it a fair bit, I mean it’s even on one of my driving playlists, so that says how much I like it because it takes a lot for me to put songs on that because I’ve got to be able to listen to them whenever because I don’t use my phone when I’m driving so I’ve got to let the music play and I do honestly feel that strongly about this EP. Going to do something, you may not expect me to do in this post, but I’m about to bring out the big guns, I’m giving it 5 out of 5 Sparkly Lemons, oh yeah, we’re bringing out the sparkly lemons for this one. Because it’s just great. If you haven’t listened to it yet then please do. It really won’t disappoint, and after hearing it, it does make me want to see them live again and see if they live up to my expectations in a live performance. So maybe that will be my next thing to do with Fading Blonde. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for their future ventures.
So yeah, go check them out, show them some love, and enjoy their music and if you can make it to a show then go and get yourself to a show and enjoy it!
Where To Find Fading Blonde