The Late Greats - Life Without Balloons

Life Without Balloons

The Late Greats

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
CD Album 10 tracks 7.99
Download Album (mp3) 10 tracks 5.99
Download individual tracks   From £0.99

Description

The Late Greats - Life Without Balloons

In The Late Greats’ own words, this album was influenced by: “the surroundings of a seaside town, dead friends, hating the city and what it does to your girlfriend, hopeful musings about a better life with better people, and of course, love.”

Sandwiched between Brighton & Hastings, the seaside town of Eastbourne is the unlikely outpost and home to future alt-rock heroes, The Late Greats. In equal parts intelligent, intense, chaotic and fragile, the four piece have quietly bided their time over the last 12 months, writing their debut album (in between epic bouts of table tennis) thus honing the sound of The Late Greats.

Life Without Balloons is a record indebted to the band’s love of lo-fi US indie/alt-rock (Sonic Youth, Pixies, Pavement) but stamped with a truly provincial, English delivery glittering with melodic gold.

Kicking off with ltd edition single Futures Gold (which sold out in two days), the album opens with the immortal line and statement of intent, “HEY! I’m pleased to meet you / and all your stupid faces”. What follows, is nine songs of near pop-perfection: showcasing The Late Greats’ unflinching mix of instant, poppy melodies with uncompromising spikiness and obtuse, heavy heart lyrics.

The band’s duel lead vocalists Max Arnold and Ryan Griffiths have the uncanny knack of making the most melancholic of melodies sound uplifting and life affirming. To this affect, The City Swallowed You Whole intersperses a chest rattling moog bass line with sweetly resigned vocals, whilst Surrender’s bittersweet, relationship-in-meltdown lyrics -“I’m about to surrender / take that ribbon off my finger” – belie the overwhelmingly positive sing-a-long chorus.

The soaring guitars and heavenly ”ooh-ooh” backing vocals of Quick Fix are perhaps the album’s centre piece. The whole climatic chorus is so maudlin and urgent you can almost feel the sea rain lashing down on Eastbourne at closing time on a cold, drunk Friday night.

Touring and gigging over the last year with the likes of Late of the Pier, Blood Red Shoes and Hot Club de Paris has developed the Late Greats into an incredibly tight and thrilling live band.


Live:

26 July FARM FEST, Somerset
29 July Buffalo Bar - London
29 Aug Hamptons Bar, Southampton
4 Sep Junktion 7, Nottingham
5 Sep Orange Box, Yeovil
10 Sep Railway Inn, Winchester
12 Sep 93 Feet East, London
25 Sep Venue, Derby
26 Sep Jericho Music Box, Oxford

Reviews

The Late Greats
'Life Without Balloons'
Izumi Records

The Late Greats are four young men from Eastbourne who served the usual apprenticeship in a number of underachieving local outfits before taking their name from a Wilco tune and making a real go of it.
Finding inspiration in the faded seaside hoardings of their hometown, The Late Greats arrive with a debut packed full of ideas and notions and execute them all rather excellently. Forthcoming single 'Futures Gold' is a collision of tight spiky riffs and hollered vocals while 'Kitty' swaggers along with a distinctly American confidence and 'City Swallows You Whole' rides a surreptitious fuzz synth line before a bruised chorus line sobs 'The city has ways of wearing us down'.
Another great marker of the UK music scene 'Life Without Balloons' will gain The Late Greats more than a few new fans.
Clash Magazine

The Late Greats
Futures Gold
(Izumi)

Eastbourne is a place where the hair colour is generally blue and grey, but it seems there might be skinny-jeaned and oblique haired life in the old place.
The Late Greats are certainly lively. There's enough Grid-powering energy here all right. Is that enough? Of course not.
And that's why, on 'Futures Gold'. The Late Greats are generous and thoughtful enough to supply us with extras like gold tinted riffage and winsome double vocals.
Richard Davis

Artrocker


Tracklisting

CD Album (IZ20CD)
  1. The Late Greats - Futures Gold
  2. The Late Greats - The City Swallowed You Whole
  3. The Late Greats - He's Not It
  4. The Late Greats - Kitty
  5. The Late Greats - Destroy My Brain
  6. The Late Greats - Gareth
  7. The Late Greats - Quick Fix
  8. The Late Greats - Out My Stereo
  9. The Late Greats - Let it Happen
  10. The Late Greats - Surrender
Download Album (IZ20DD)
  1. The Late Greats - Futures Gold
  2. The Late Greats - The City Swallowed You Whole
  3. The Late Greats - He's Not It
  4. The Late Greats - Kitty
  5. The Late Greats - Destroy My Brain
  6. The Late Greats - Gareth
  7. The Late Greats - Quick Fix
  8. The Late Greats - Out My Stereo
  9. The Late Greats - Let it Happen
  10. The Late Greats - Surrender

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Futures Gold 3m 4s £0.99
2 The City Swallowed You Whole 2m 57s £0.99
3 He's Not It 2m 59s £0.99
4 Kitty 2m 12s £0.99
5 Destroy My Brain 2m 51s £0.99
6 Gareth 2m 39s £0.99
7 Quick Fix 2m 11s £0.99
8 Out My Stereo 2m 51s £0.99
9 Let it Happen 2m 34s £0.99
10 Surrender 3m 37s £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (10 tracks) £5.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.