It takes a lot for me to fall instantly in love with a tune and a band these days but there’s something about Armstrong which has grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and pulled me in. After about 20 seconds of this song I was sat smiling like an idiot, the world needs to hear this track!
I’ll explain my love affair with the music in a minute but I think it would be rude not to introduce you first. Armstrong are Nicole Mason (Vocals) David Lennon (Guitar, backing vocals) Stuart Hay (Guitar) Ian Cruise (Bass) and Brian Callander. (Drums) Based in Glasgow (A city which has produced some killer unsigned bands in recent times) the band only started gigging in March and this track Thursday Night Club is their debut single. The track is taken from their upcoming self-titled EP which is set for release on 28th September, which just happens to be my birthday. Just saying…
Now I’m well aware that I have already given the game away and it’s pretty obvious that i’m a massive fan of this track, but let me hit you with why. To start with it has absolutely everything. For me there are no weaknesses. The track kicks off with a great, strong drumbeat and when the songs main melody drops in shortly after you already know that this song is money. That melody which pulls the track along is brilliantly simple but seriously effective and the chorus which goes along with it is equally fantastic. This one is getting stuck in your head ladies and gentlemen; of that I have no doubt.
I also want to give a shout out to frontwoman Mason for the simple reason that she sings in her own accent and her own voice. I’m absolutely sick of hearing faux American accents everywhere (You’d be amazed) so to hear those glorious Glaswegian tones coming through the vocal is a big plus for me.
All round this is such a polished effort; you can’t help but be impressed. The vocal is awesome without being overpowering, the guitar work is on point, and you can hear the bass coming through clear as day alongside the drums. The balance is perfect.
I try not to make predictions because they have made a mockery of better men than me but I’m struggling to hear Thursday Night Club and not think it could be the start of something special. I’ll be bringing you a review of the EP and in all likelihood lots more stuff from the band after that.
What a freaking debut.