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Bellevue Days - Sad Boy EP

As the green shoots sprout once more, Bellevue Days look set to grow tall.
Bellevue Days - Sad Boy EP
Published: 12:35 pm, May 16, 2016
As the green shoots sprout once more, Bellevue Days look set to grow tall.



Oh my days


Released: May 9th 2016
Rating: ★★★★

If you had a quid for every time you’d read a ‘guitar music is dead’ over the last five years, you’d at least be able to have a nice night down the local ‘spoons. While the music making up the charts ebbs and flows, the good old fashioned domestic rock band has sometimes felt the pariah of the modern music scene, those that escaped the indie landfill still able to punch their weight, but new blood subjected to awkward glances.

But something has definitely changed. From Wolf Alice’s push for a Number One album, that only really failed because Dave Grohl broke his leg, there’s been a spark lit under UK bands. All of a sudden, it’s all possible again. From the indie kids to the basement dwelling rock fans, the embers of a scene are lighting up again, waiting for the petrol of mainstream attention to catch alight.

Bellevue Days bridge so many genre gaps, they’re in pride of place to capitalise, all without having to sell their souls in the process. Where others head towards tired arena rock to make their presence felt, the Croydon gang make no such concessions. The opening two tracks of their new EP ‘Sad Boy’, ’Ripped Jeans’ and ‘Pepper Tea’, don’t have to. With sharp edges and smart minds, they’re at ease in any setting.

‘Something New’ sounds like an anthemic closer in waiting, while ‘Graetfully Gracious’ builds atmospherically then takes off at pace, breaking the offside trap at will. It’s easy to see why Beats 1 supremo Zane Lowe has them firmly in his back pocket for a worldwide audience. As the green shoots sprout once more, Bellevue Days look set to grow tall.

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