Theatre Royal, arguably one of the more successful bands to come out of Medway, are swinging a new release on to our shelves in the form of a 4 track EP called “You Sleep”. Their last album, titled “We Don’t Know Where We Are”, was released on 9th June 2014, so fans have been waiting a long time for this one. Why is there not a lengthy album for us to enjoy? Cos fuck you, that’s why. These boys are gangsters and they do what they want.
They start off with the title track “You Sleep”. I can’t help thinking this is what The Smiths would sound like if they were less depressed. The instruments blend well to create a bouncy sound that should get you dancing. Or bobbing at least. It isn’t blowing me away though. The lyrics are okay, a bit simple and lacking that special something. It’s a nice song but unlike aids, it’s not very catchy.
For the second song “The Days Grow Hotter”, see the previous paragraph.
The lads are back on form with “Until The Morning After (Riley’s Basement)”. It’s another bouncy song with nice guitar and a cheeky bit of bass. This time the lyrics are on form, giving this track the bang it delivers. I feel like I’ve found a secret Libertines’ track. I’m 65 so I have no idea who The Libertines are but it’s great.
Now you’re not to know this, but when I hear a beautiful ballad I will often crank (cry wank). So when I heard the piano and first line of “Blue Teardrops”, I was unzipping my shorts. I was hoping it would build up to a big chorus and take me to heaven but unfortunately, it didn’t really go anywhere. On this occasion, the theatre royal lads didn’t give old Ken Crumpton the erection my wife is now also unable to give me.
In a few of the tracks, I thought the lyrics could have been better and just felt something lacking. It’s still an interesting EP, I wouldn’t say it was bad but I wouldn’t recommend it either. That being said, there is still a spark there and they are clearly a talented band. Their previous releases, “At the end of a river, the sea..” and “We don’t know where we are” are really good and available on iTunes, so don’t miss out on them.
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