The name DECLAN MCKENNA has been on the lips of critics for the past year and unless you have been living under a rock or too absorbed in the same old indie rock bands, you will have been drawn into the hype the teenager is creating.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CAR is home to the likes of Brazil and The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home, which have propelled Declan McKenna into one of the most exciting artists of 2017. The only criticism of his debut album is that, like many other bands are doing at the moment, the majority of the tracks have already been released as singles or as live recordings – of course, this gives an insight of what to expect, but it dampens the excitement of hearing something fresh.
Make Me Your Queen is the self-pitying, ballady middle track preceding the infectious, 8-bit pop hooks and slaying synths of Isombard. Think Peace‘s Someday with more than just a guitar and you have Make Me Your Queen. It goes with the rest of What Do You Think About the Car and is a welcome addition given the repeated theme of the record.
It is refreshing to hear a debut album that people can relate to lyrically instead of packing endless riffs and drum fills into an hour-long record. Take the closing track Listen to Your Friends for example: explaining that “the problem is poor kids who can’t afford the train fare so we up the train fare and charge them for not paying,” which is not ‘deep,’ but is something that a lot of teenagers experience on a day to day basis.
The record as a whole is perfect for summer and the release timing is sure to make What Do You Think About the Car? the perfect companion to a fruity cider and blazing sunshine. His upbeat personality is infectious and it can be felt throughout the tracks on the album – on the end of The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home video he offers that “If me and my friends were in charge of the world I think we’d just kind of make it illegal to be an arsehole. Just be nice,” and that sums the Hertfordshire musician up.
No arseholes, no unnecessarily crazy tracks and most importantly no reinventing the wheel with the debut full length. The singles that we have loved have finally been housed in a happy home.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CAR IS OUT FRIDAY JULY 21 – ORDER HERE