It’s dirty, it’s loud and it’s one of the best records of the year – prepare to be obsessed with Fine Creatures.
In his famous BRIT Awards speech, Arctic Monkeys frontman and songwriting legend Alex Turner once said “That rock ‘n’roll, eh? That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time, and sink back into the swamp… Yeah, that rock’n’roll, it seems like it’s faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it.” – And that is exactly what Fine Creatures are here to prove.
With Electric La La Land Fine Creatures take their sound to those rock’n’roll roots with all their fuzzy guitar-heavy goodness and epic choruses. The EP was engineered by multifaceted producer Dan Austin (Doves, SLØTFACE, Mallory Knox, Young Legionnaire) at Eve Studios, Stockport / Real World, Bath. Formed of three friends studying at university, the inception of Fine Creatures took place through sharing a student house and a love of ‘60’s pop and ‘90s alt-rock. With the later addition of Malte Henning on guitar, the Brighton four-piece were complete – and things really started to pick up. “When we first started, I always said that I wanted to be ‘the dirty Beatles’,” laughs Fine Creatures frontman, James Hall. “That’s a good way to describe us.”
Album opener Money is really all you need to get hooked on Fine Creatures. Its grungy influences, dirty bass line and heavy drums will draw you in and not let you go until this EP has played its last note.
Panthers is by far the sexiest track on the EP. There’s something slow and smooth about it but yet it’s got rough edges and the song’s intensity is next level. Recently released single Get Up takes the cake on this exquisite EP with its earworm-worthy chorus and overall song-structure that is inspiring to say the least. The entire bridge is flawless from start to finish.
Electric La La Land finishes off with Birthday Cake, a song that really hits home with the pounding drums and fiery guitars its chorus has to offer.
This record doesn’t dwell too much on trying to be one specific thing. You’ve got grungy, Nirvana inspired guitar riffs, almost pop-like anthemic choruses, alt-rock bass lines for days and inescapable vocals courtesy of frontman James Hall. It feels more like a long-time friend you haven’t seen in a while, rather than a new mate. Electric La La Land is not only a stellar debut, it would be a stunning and flawless EP even for a band who’ve released four albums already. Polished and epic British rock goodness.
Throughout the whole EP, the listener barely gets time to breathe but that is a good thing. Electric La La Land will have your heart racing and your head spinning, and you’ll be hitting repeat faster than you can say “rising stars”.