(Strawberry Moon Records)
REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
In 2016, Manchester indie-rock quintet The Rainband burst onto the scene with their impressive debut album, ‘Satellite Sunrise’, which was a moody, very much blues-led affair.
Two years on, the band have returned with a follow-up, entitled ‘The Shape of Things To Come’.
While the formula of engaging guitar riffs, anthemic choruses, ambitious melodies and powerful vocals that served the immensely-talented outfit so well with their first offering still play a major part in the make-up of the sound, they have used this new release as an opportunity in which to broaden their musical scope.
Some of the tracks, for example ‘New York’ and ‘Is This What You Get?’, have a noticeably brighter and more optimistic feel to them, really capturing the essence of the energetic live performances that they have become known for in the last couple of years.
Lyrically, the five-piece focus on what they describe as “the four L’s” – life, loss, love and laughter.
The Mancunian collective have always taken pride in putting out a highly-polished piece, but they take the production values to a whole new level here.
Some bands, in regards to their albums, will put most of their creative energies into the first three or four songs, and then pad the rest out with generic-sounding songs, but that’s certainly not the way The Rainband work.
It is obvious that they have agonised over giving every single second of each track much due care and attention, which is how it should be.
‘The Shape of Things To Come’ is an entertaining listen, so much so that when you reach the end of the final song, you find yourself immediately wanting to go straight back to the beginning, and relive the experience all over again.
It is easy, by listening to the album, to understand why quite a few famous names in the music world, as well as a lot of the music press, are tipping these guys for greatness, and this should be the release that finally launches them into the indie-rock stratosphere.
If you can only listen to one album, in full, in 2018, make it this.
TOP TRACK: ‘Gimme Love’
CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE RAINBAND HERE.