Lad rock used to be a thing associated with bands like Kasabian and Oasis. Now though, the alternative music scene has got its own spin on things. No longer is it Fred Perry shirts and military parkas, it’s vintage denim and a dapper quiff. Oh yeah, and there is, of course, the music too. Lincoln’s Lower Lands and their latest EP, ‘Canvas’, is one that I’d categorise in this new found genre of alt-lad rock.
They’re best, and probably always going to be, compared to their first name sharing pals, Lower Than Atlantis in their songs and style. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s probably annoying for the band after the being told this for the hundredth time, but it does reign true. They similarly move between alternative, grunge and pop as their EP draws you into its contagious ways.
The lyrics have a very lad-esque tongue-in-cheek element to them; they don’t have to use extravagant metaphors or an abundance of literary devices to convey their message. It is said plainly and simply without a contrived agenda getting in the way of things. ‘Canvas’, the EP’s title-track, also houses possibly the most relevant lyrics in relation to the current music scene at the moment: “Another show, another town / Another venue closing down”. Nothing sums up music’s not-so-new found disposability than bands splitting up and venue’s closing down, Lower Lands have obviously seen this first hand.
These lyrics are then set to a bed of grunge-pop guitars that stagger in their rhythms and make your shoulders subconsciously move to the infectious drum beat. The melodies of all three vocalists only serve to build on this as they burrow their way into your brain through your ear drums, ensuring that once they’re in there, they ain’t going to be coming out any time soon.
For every comparison you can make between Lower Lands and other bands or genres past and present, there’s something undeniable about ‘Canvas’ and its masterful song writing swagger. It saunters in full of rightful confidence and, although it might not be particularly ground-breaking, it’s most certainly floor-filling.
Written by Shaun Cole
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