After releasing their debut EP, Run The River, in June last year and supporting The Blinders and Sky Valley Mistress, Warrington five-piece Filthy Tricks are looking to make 2020 their year. Their latest single, Leah, is a blaring sign that the band is ready to take venues and crowds by storm with their powerhouse performances, memorable choruses and blistering force.
Rolling in with a crushing drum rhythm, Leah announces itself with a thunderous riff straight from the 90s alt-rock playbook. It’s evident that the band have taken influence from indie/alternative acts like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, but rather than derivatively copying them, they use their sounds and motifs to enhance their songwriting.
Leah’s emotive lyrics provide an instant connection to listeners, creating a powerful message about looking at what’s really important to you in your life. It’s not the most original notion, but it’s something relatable and straightforward for people to latch onto.
Obviously, Leah won’t be heard in its ideal setting of live venues for a while, as it’s clear that the beefy, singalong chorus was written to be sung by crowds at the top of their voice. But it’s an exciting sign for a band with plenty more to offer in the future.