Fresh from playing this years’ Indietracks festival, Bradford trio The Hobbes Fanclub will be releasing their long-awaited (they formed in 2010) debut album ‘Up At Lagrange’ on August 19th and it’s already had some very nice things said about it. Even a cursory listen to single ‘Stay Gold’ will let you know why, and the fact that past singles have been brought to us by ever reliable labels such as Cloudberry and Dufflecoat add strength to the argument that this is one guitar-pop band who are going to be worth a little of your time.
With a sweet hook and some distant and reverberating drums, there is a dreampop element to this song, and the vocals are also given a good coat of echo and pushed back in the mix for an added ethereal vibe. Don’t go thinking wishy-washy twee-pop though, because the constant buzz of guitar creates a wall of beautiful noise which acts as the canvas on which these different sheets of sound are placed. The production is spot on, but with a track this strong, it’d be a challenge to bugger it up really.