Red Rum Club are back! One of the nations best-loved new bands, I’m always happy when I remember that they hail from my hometown of Liverpool. And while they’re proud of their heritage, they don’t lean on any of the tropes that many Scouse groups fall into; they’re a wholly organic act. Their new single, Eleanor, reminds us why they’re so popular.
With a slight change in tone, Eleanor initially sounded like a Vampire Weekend song. Before the end of the first chorus, it’s already clear that this will be a mainstay on radio stations around the country, and deservedly so. With a clever blend of synths, bass, and horns, the music is hard to pin down and a production masterclass from start to finish. I can only imagine how exciting it must have been recording this, and then having to wait to deliver it to the world.
Their first release since Matador, it’s clear that Red Rum Club aren’t going to slow down any time soon. Their ability to pump out infectiously catchy indie-pop anthems is really quite admirable, and I can’t wait to hear what’s next. For now, I’m going to put Eleanor on repeat and enjoy the sun while it lasts.