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ALBUM REVIEW: The LaFontaines – Class

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Try and compare Scottish outfit The LaFontaines to any other band around right now. Go on. Can’t think of anyone? That, friends, is why Class is one of the biggest, and best albums to come out of 2015 thus far.

The LaFontaines are like no other, fusing together meaty guitar riffs, with pop sensibilities and hip-hop influences, there’s a reason they’ve been labelled Scotland’s biggest party band. Debut full-length Class is everything you would expect from the band and more, delivering highly energetic anthems with lyrical content that’ll dig at your brain.

This beast of an album kicks off with Slow Elvis, which from the outset gets your blood bubbling as frontman Kerr Okan spits rhythms with a hard edge to his words, while bassist/vocalist John Gerard adds his own harmonies to take this track from dark and angsty to punchy and inviting.

Previous hits Under the Storm and King make their appearance, with the former still delivering an almighty hit and proving why The LaFontaines made such an impression in the first place. Heartwarming ballad (yes, really) All She Knows is also a welcome accompaniment to the album, having first tugged on heartstrings two years ago; it remains a highlight of their back catalogue and allows Gerard to flaunt his charming vocal at its best.

Title track Class truly earns it place as leading song, an infectious guitar melody leads you throughout the track, one of those that’ll stick in your brain for days. Gerard’s voice sounds as delightful as ever, while Okan’s words have an added bounce to them, overall making for a captivating listen.

As you hit the final third of the album, the tempo drops substantially, but not before we are greeted by the standout moment of the entire record. With an incredibly relatable narrative, Paperchase is a shining light from The LaFontaines. Lyrics such as, “Good evening, well I quit, I cleared my desk and I split. / I told my boss, to be honest telesales is quite shit.” and “We are the masters of our fate and we need to change, we need our own space. / We are the captains of our souls and we’ve got it all under control”, summarise the economic issues the youth of today are struggling with, and in one swift song, The LaFontaines have created an anthem that could represent an entire generation.

Though this almighty debut closes on a slightly dull note with Pull Me Back, it doesn’t affect the sheer joy that is spread throughout the rest of the record. For a band that have struggled to appeal to many previously, this album is a statement and it’s one you should all take note of. 

8.5/10

Standout Tracks: Paperchase, Junior Dragon, Class

For Fans Of: Canterbury, Twin Atlantic, Having a really great time

Written By: Tamsyn Wilce

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