485C release ‘485C‘ Format: CD (29th June 2018) / Digital (27th April 2018) – Fierce Panda Records
A sparkling debut of an album (produced by Paul Tipler), plus new live shows.
They always say whenever things are going awry, focus on the good.
I think it’s fair to say right now, a lot of us are looking to music for emotional comfort.
I can guarantee you’ll find that within 485C”s debut album.
It’s eponymous, which personifies how self-explanatory this band’s talent and intellect are. If you want songs that are facetious, with no real meaning, then this is not the band/album for you. But you’ve come to the right place, if you like to add some philosophy to your twirling.
The album begins with the track that they start their live show; ‘Kids On the Beach‘. 485C must be fans of Ronseal, as the song “does what it says on the tin”. It’s about having light hearted fun, and not really giving a shit in that moment …even if that may lead to some poor choices. But when is there ever a really funny, and nostalgic anecdote, involving friends that doesn’t include perhaps one poor choice? Starting their performances with this song, is probably why all their gigs start on a real buzz, with anticipation for what 485C can pull out of the bag.
On we go straight into Kapow! Quite literally full of onomatopoeia and punchy melodies. Most definitely a song we’ll be hearing plenty of on the radio, cars, phones and it even popped up on an episode ofTV show, ‘Made In Chelsea’ in mid April).
This band demonstrate so much over this album. Lyrical talent, a profound understanding of the psyche, even music theory (vis a vis: circle of fifths).
Each track heralds their own moral, lesson and objective. In fact if you wanted to try and summarise the curveballs life throws at us, this is the album to recommend!
This is one of those treasures that will be played to death, for a good reason.
It will become as much a part of your life, as of your music collection.
In years to come you’ll think of what was going on when you bought the album,or listened to certain tracks.
Listening to slower tracks like ‘Hoppy’ (described by the band as “a totalitarian suicide note”) it becomes apparent there is something much more to 485C than just wanting to sound good on the dancefloor. This and ‘Turn the Engines Off‘, are simultaneously very introspective, and inquisitive.
Tenth track ‘The Fountain‘, is a stunning contrast from the more disco floored anthems in the middle of the album. The welcoming vocal harmonies, tied in with the good use of the trumpet, bringing in that smooth jazz sound.
Within this track, the changing tempo,differing time signature and quick switches from major to minor. The inclusion of the time signature is important,as not enough musicians push themselves out of the common time comfort zone.
The final song ‘Control’ kind of rounds up the story that ‘485C’ has told. Within this track are changing tempos, differing time signatures and quick switches from major to minor chords. Not enough musicians push themselves out of the common time comfort zone.
…You are left feeling that the tale is unfinished. Quite right too; it is just the beginning for this band.
To be continued.
‘Better The Man’
Once cheerily described as “The Strokes stroking The Family Cat”, 485C are rock’n’rolling East End dreamers; Adam Hume (vocals), Dom Watson (guitar / vocals), Lucas Hunt (drums), Rory McGowan (guitar / occasional vocals), Sam Watkins (bass / occasional vocals).
“It’s important not to be afraid to promote different sides to yourself artistically.”
(A growing gang of Zeenagers are part of The 485C movement, they’re a key note of this tale)
When and Where?
Catch your nearest live show via facebook.com/485Cband
Multi-talent Monefa is Caffy’s assistant PR Princess at ArtBeat and a piano playing star. A regular contributor to The Zine UK both online and at our socials.