Today we are looking at the shiny new single from Belfast based self proclaimed Pop-punk band 'Life Under the Big Top'. Now when you hear pop punk, often there is a certain stereotype that jumps to mind, your Blink 182s, your offsprings etc. Then you find out that life under the big top is female fronted and before you hit play you are thinking this is going to be a paramour styled thing.
So when we heard align the stars we were more than a little surprised. This song missed nearly all of the preconceptions laid out for it. It is far more reflective than the strap line would have suggested. When you listen through the rest of LUTBT's catalogue you get more of what you expected coming into this, big guitars, tight drums et al but this single has taken a very different approach. The guitar work is simplistic in rhythm yet extremely effective, with jangly tones countering the solid bass and floor tom based rhythm section. Honestly this song would sit perfectly on a K's choice album (early stuff, like almost happy). Normally we would not make such a specific reference but it was wrecking heads trying to remember what this song reminded us of.
And that reference is meant as a high praise. Everything on this track serves to better it. Nothing is overly complicated, the message is simple, the drum work solid the bass and guitar work rarely moves past the root chords that underpin the songs. Even the guitar solo airs on the side of caution (at least from a technical sound point). But it is this simplicity that makes this song what it is. There are no frills, no fat to be trimmed, this is a direct piece of music, well conceived and well delivered. If it was a standalone song you would be forgiven for maybe thinking about skipping the song but when contextualised around what LUTBT have done previously it suddenly becomes a song which demonstrates a greater depth in their music.
Align the stars is a perfectly inoffensive piece of music, and well worth a listen. The band as a whole definitely have caught our attention for the right reasons. You can go and buy it here.