I do wonder why we don’t hear more saxophone in today’s music scene. After its resurgence in the ’80s, it quickly faded once guitar-driven Britpop took hold. Personally, I think it is a glorious sound, and saxophonist Stu Whyte has solo’s sprinkled all the way through Alleyways’ new track, Rude. This is their version of a love song but with a twist.
Rude recognises that all relationships are flawed to some extent, yet stronger bonds are built through the struggles and stresses of a life together. And so ultimately, they declare: “I just can’t stop loving you”, a hook that just stuck with me.
The opening synth vocals of Dougie Turner is evidence of their pulsating pop style heard in previous singles Dumb and Over It. But Rude is a slight departure showing more of Alleyways’ indie roots, that screaming guitar line in the second verse adding an edginess.
Alleyways are proud to be an unsigned five-piece with a strong DIY ethic. Everything is literally their own work with currently no funding from any labels or management. Having already had airplay on BBC Introducing, I do not doubt that I will continue to hear that glorious saxophone for some time to come.