The Wonder Villains long awaited debut album has landed and is fit to burst with indie-pop enthusiasm.
The Derry born quartet – Eimear Coyle, Kieran Coyle, Cheylene Murphy and Ryan McGroarty have not held back with catchy choruses, addictive pop riffs and their bouncing personalities shine through from start to finish. Eimears distinctive voice sets this band apart from every other band out there; sweet, hyped and powerful she attacks from the start with opening track ‘T.V.’ which sets up the whole album. This is bubblegum indie pop brilliance.
Fans of Wonder Villains will already know half this album with ‘TV,’ ‘Blonde,’ ‘Zola,’ ’33,’ ‘Ferrari’ and ‘Marshall’ all staples of their live set and seeing individual releases in the run up. Normally, this can be a bugbear but not here, these well loved Wonder Villain songs blend in perfectly with the fresh new tracks and you can feel and hear the progression of this band throughout.
New tracks such as ‘Baby Don’t Look So Sad throws you into a mass of kitsch 50’s melting pot of twinkling piano and melodic dreamy lyrics, it is sure to be a massive crowd pleaser. ‘Fiction’ is a whole different sound. Eimears’ haunting echoing vocals are captivating. Its hypnotic tune and simplicity makes it quite easily the best track on the album. ‘Linklater’ has gorgeous harmonies throughout with a punchy chorus and beats it’s impossible to dodge the oooohs and you end up belting this out in your best air guitar pop bubble.
‘Debbie’ is a new angle. Eimear gives it a good go at pop-rap vocals with gorgeous vocals laid over by Cheylene. The guitars give off an early Two Door Cinema Club feel showing Northern Irelands music scene is world class. ‘Zola’ is of course homage to footballer Gianfranco Zola. With perfect timing around the World Cup and a ‘you don’t ask you don’t get’ attitude, band manager Davy Matchett secured Zola for the bands music video.
A wonderful, uplifting summer soundtrack of an album from one of our most promising acts. The future is bright for this highly addictive band.
‘I think you’re gonna like this…’
◀ STANDOUT ⁞ Fiction ▶
◀ SOUNDS LIKE ⁞ Two Door Cinema Club ▶