The Bayonettes‘ small step to greater heights (see what I did there?), possibly wasn’t such a small step; such a well produced tune and such a polished, clever and totally captivating video would not come cheap to a still-relatively young band. But with many bands releasing what they call a ‘single’ but what it is, in fact, little more than a glorified demo, the seemingly small step of releasing one song could really set this band up for a move up towards the bigger leagues locally – not that they haven’t already had their share of decent gigs and festival appearances.
‘A Small Step to Greater Heights’ is a real triumph, a beautiful collection of influences fused into something unique. There’s a brooding melancholy to the verses which gives way to a crashing chorus, beautifully set off with searing backing vocals. The musicianship is first class with nice off-beats in the rhythm and interesting guitar parts to match the interesting lyrics, all wonderfully recorded and mixed. There’s an Irish feel to it without it feeling parochial or put on for effect. We should be proud of our accent, but let’s not do a Cecilia Daley-style mangle job on every vowel. Just saying.
Anyway, look out for The Bayonettes at a gig near you very soon.