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hail from the Isle of White, this three piece recently signed a publishing deal with Sony. Hold out for The Shutes soundtrack to a Vodafone advert near you soon!

This 5 track EP ‘Hits Like Mourning’ is released through the bands own label Stratospheric. Inspired by “the weather…with the seasons being powerful on the island, the colours, the light and the air. The rain, snow and wind are always so much more effective in rural areas by the sea” the opening track is certainly that. A chirpy pop song that will have you singing along to the chorus in no time.

Track two ‘I. C. Sky’ is much more interesting erupting in a mass of feedback and swirling guitars before crashing into a 60’s psychedelic melody. The lyrics are quite beautiful and take an interesting form. Mike Champion’s vocal is surprising, mostly because I was sure it was a girl the first time I heard it.

‘Who De Lang’ is an upbeat nod along indie tune which bass line reminds me of The Drums summer hit ‘Lets Go Surfing‘, in fact it is ‘Lets Go Surfing‘ slowed down! Well they do live by the sea. The track works well, the vocal melody is infectious despite the obvious borrowed influence.

‘Heavy Thunder’ is an acoustic ballade with reverb and interesting vocal effect carrying a 60’s psych melody, a theme which suits the music. ‘The storm is furious the lights are low, my heart is frozen like the ancient snow, what was I thinking when I let you go away’ is the hook, simple but effective.

The finale track ‘Sweet Marie’ sounds like the Kinks. The lyrics are fairly clever and executed well. Hits Like Mourning has a charm about it. The 60’s inspiration comes across as cool and makes the music stand out giving it real depth, the only distraction is the rip of Lets Go Surfing. Interesting stuff from an alternative surf indie band from the Isle of Wight.