I have spent the last few single reviews that I have done talking about how that particular song while being a decent track hasn’t instantly grabbed me. So it is with great pleasure that I can say that straight from the off I absolutely love this song!
Before I spend some time waxing lyrical about what is undoubtedly the best song that I have heard for a little while here’s the lowdown on the four guys behind the music. Hailing from Newton Abbot in Devon Still The Mind are Matt Palfreman (Vocals, rhythm guitar) Karl O’Neill (Lead guitar) Joe Warriner (Bass) and Phil Hallwood. (Drums)
Named after a book written on meditation by philosopher Alan Watts the band hit the studio late last year to record an EP with producer Digby Smith who has worked with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney.
Written by Matt and Karl Slow Dancing is the band’s debut single and was apparently put together in double quick time as Matt explains;
“Karl was messing around with that riff and I sat down and wrote lyrics about a girl I’d just started seeing at the time, it all came together pretty fast, under an hour. It’s really just a tribute to the excitement of a new love and an expression of the joy that brings.”
Bless his little romantic cotton socks…
Simply put this track is awesome. The lead guitar riff is so instantly recognisable and so seriously catchy. That kind of instant hit can be incredibly difficult for bands to nail down to that has impressed me no end. In places the vocal reminded me of Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, now that isn’t because the styles are similar because they really aren’t; just the delivery on certain words has echoes of the Seattle great. (Granted this could just be me!)
The thing that really caught me by surprise however is the guitar solo. The song is skipping along quite nicely and then this solo rears up from absolutely nowhere like something from the hardest of hard rock tracks. It. Is. Fucking. Glorious.
Granted if I had read the press release properly I would have known that Karl was/is a metal guitarist so my surprise would have been damped but you get my point.
So yeah, back to the matter in hand, Slow Dancing is an absolutely fantastic tune and if I have my way this won’t be the last that you hear of Still The Mind on these pages. What a brilliant first impression.
Slow Dancing is out now.