The Grave Architects – Highway Be True/Love TBC (Fortuna Pop!)
Because sometimes pizzazz is enough to get a band through a song, The Grave Architects succeed in not making too much of their own genius. Shrug off your ample charms and listeners will flock, tripping over themselves to point them out again. With Highway Be True they burble through singer Matt Williams’ smarting heart as he’s roundly dumped whilst travelling – and it takes a hardy soul to actually make good on that supposed maxim that real heartbreak can produce the best art. With such humour, too. A country strum with a sing-along chorus and barbershop outro shouldn’t make you think quite as much as Highway Be True does, but it’s an eternal credit to The Grave Architects that it’s achieved.
Second A-side Love TBC is a slower, Buddy Hollier affair, but one that succinctly rushes and slides from gentle twang to blues to Dino Jr alt.rock wig-out within seconds. Effortlessly alluring and indicative of natural musical minds at work, this double A-side hints at a thoroughly approachable, even loveable album on the way.
This lovely little example of popular music came out yesterday. FUCK YEAH!