Released at a highly appropriate time of year, ‘Summer’ is the latest single from Brisbane indie-pop band Friends Of Ben. Two thumbs up, it certainly will be on my summer playlist. What makes this track so good is its anthem build up, in a pseudo Coldplay style. The drums have a lot to do with that, and are well used throughout. The song progresses into a wonderful cacophony which shows just what a dedicated three piece band can achieve.
The vocals are reminiscent of a Manic Street Preachers song – angst imbued with passion which adds a bittersweet vibe to the happy song. The lyrics reference a Thom Yorke introspective, which weave in carefully amongst the simple but charming guitar melodies.
There’s a constant synth drone behind the main rhythm that should not work, but it fits in gently, like a friendly hand on the shoulder. My only criticism: it does feel similar in tempo and feel to the group’s previous release ‘Common Place’, yet there’s no doubting the musical talent is there to explore a range of textures and tempos. Nonetheless ‘Summer’ is an emotional stirring song with a lot of soul poured into it, promising great things from the Brisbane three piece.