When I first covered The Rainband they were a band steadily picking up both momentum and plaudits, they were clearly on the up. The track that I reviewed on that occasion was ‘Sirens’ and I described it as ‘the perfect indie-pop’ single, it really was that good. On the back of that I had the chance to see the band live, which for me is the real acid test and they put on a fantastic show that night to reinforce what I thought.
Since then the Rainband express has been picking up speed at an alarming rate. Over the course of the last week and a half they have done a live session for Becky Want’s show on BBC Radio Manchester, appeared on BBC Breakfast TV, had a beer named after them and have been slated for airplay on Chris Hawkins show on 6 Music for this coming week. And then there is the small matter that they are heading to Italy next week having been handpicked by Paolo Nutini to support him on the Italian leg of his tour.
With all of this going on they wouldn’t be the first band to take their eye off the musical ball and let their standards slip. However, I am pleased to report that that scenario couldn’t be further from the reality as new single Built For Change picks up the baton from where ‘Sirens’ left off.
The listener is thrown straight into the action as there isn’t really an intro to speak of with the Manchester lads getting straight down to business. The band have a great skill for being able to write tracks that while being catchy and musically very good on the surface also carry so weight lyrically, and that theme continues here. There are a couple of lines that I could easily quote but I think the middle eight,
‘Change is a chord that life keeps playing’
Lyric really hits the spot. There’s little time to dwell on life’s meaning however as the track fires towards its conclusion coming to end after just two and a half minutes.
Again as singles go Built For Change really does tick all the boxes. Its tailor made for radio, its catchy, not too long and production wise it’s nicely polished.
The Rainband are flying right now and you can’t help but feel that a major mainstream breakthrough is just around the corner.
‘Built For Change’ is released on 13th July, and the band play The Lowry Theatre in Manchester tonight. (12th July)