Watford’s Lower Than Atlantis have been going from strength-to-strength over the past few years, signing to industry heavyweight Sony Records before releasing their self-titled fourth full-length record in 2014; a much needed light at a time when the band were considering calling it quits. Thankfully, the release went down a storm with fans gaining them plenty of success and, by extension, a new lease of life.
To build on the fruits of their labour off the back of their self-titled offering, LTA are back and have followed this up with their winning formula to storm forward with album number five, ‘Safe In Sound’. In a lot of ways, it’s a rather similar record to their last, but just building upon the foundation that it laid for this new era of their careers.
‘Had Enough’ gets things started with a heavy guitar-led introduction, lyrics dripping in angst, and a huge chorus that’s a staple feature of this album, as subsequent massive tracks ‘Dumb’ and ‘Long Time Coming’ show in abundance, the latter of the two seeming to reclaim the “Who are ya?” chant more commonly associated with football matches. ‘Boomerang’, in comparison, seems a little lyrically basic, especially on the chorus which is very much out of character for the British pop-rockers.
Later number ‘I Would’ shines through as an alum highlight with its high-paced, brilliantly catchy chorus, brutally honest albeit intense lyrics ending on a huge note from frontman, Mike Duce. ‘Could Be Worse’ is a story of determined positivity in the face of adversity. Then, in a painful change of pace, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ is an emotional, raw, and deeply personal expression of some of the darkest thoughts that people experience.
Bringing it all to a climax, ‘A Night To Forget’ wounds everything off nicely with another massive sing-along chorus that will no doubt be echoing around venues each time this quartet take to the stage.
‘Safe In Sound’ is another consistent record from the boys of Lower Than Atlantis, and will without a doubt please their already excitable fanbase delivering more of what these guys do best – hooks, hooks, and hooks.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)