As someone once said somewhere ‘I love it when a plan comes together.’ At some point last year (Sorry I’m rubbish with dates and I’ve got a couple of ex-girlfriends who’ll attest to that) I saw MeMe Detroit play at this kind of unplugged night at a place called The Yardbird in Birmingham. This was one of those acoustic gigs where once you’re up on stage there’s no hiding place, if you can’t hold a note or perform to a high standard you’re going to get found out massively.
Anyway, I was really impressed with her set that night and I talked about reviewing her music when she had something to release in the future. And well wouldn’t you know it she actually emailed me! Artists who say one thing and do another is a pet hate of mine but that’s for another day. So as a result of a link up actually working it gives me great pleasure to present to you the debut single from MeMe Detroit.
Born and raised in the West Midlands (Hell Yeah!!) MeMe Detroit and her music more specifically are like a throwback to a golden simpler era. With influences ranging from PJ Harvey to Fleetwood Mac to Foo Fighters she pulls off a soft rock sound which isn’t really heard that often any more. Complete faith is put in her actual musical abilities rather than swish studio effects and the result is music which feels incredibly natural.
According to my extensive research Detroit lives by the beautifully positive motto ‘Live to love & you’ll love to live’ and this is something that shines through here on Stand Up You’re Living. (Apologies for the slightly tenuous link there, I’ll try harder in future)
The central melody and elements of the vocal pattern are in places strikingly similar to Green Day’s Know Your Enemy, and you have no idea how long it took me to pin that song down. The thing that I really like about the song though is its unwavering positivity as I alluded to above. It leaves you just wanting to make the most of every day and have fun. We spend so much time surrounded by negativity in this country hearing something a bit up lifting makes an awesome change. The vocal is totally on point; the production is really smooth and captures the natural feel of Detroit’s music perfectly. Basically it’s all round just a really good quality track.
I’ll stop talking soon I promise, but there is a little more to this story. MeMe Detroit currently has an album in the can and ready to go. Now I’ve heard this album and it’s a really really good record. However this record has no set release date and isn’t going to see the light of day until the funding issues are ironed out aka some money is raised to get the album out there. So if you like this track or just want to support unsigned/independent music make sure you hit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-me-get-the-meme-detroit-debut-album-heard for more info.
Stand Up You’re living is released tomorrow in all the usual places, you can check out the video below