The Rusty Suns announce their presence to the music world with a beautifully matched double A side that demonstrates in part the best of the bands live material. Originally recorded in the August of 2013, a prolonged wait has only served to raise the anticipation of fans and critics alike to near fever pitch, as 2014 sees their debut EP promising to become the soundtrack to everybody’s summer.
‘Lover Not A Fighter’ is the near perfect pop song, with a harmonised melody of the highest order driven relentlessly by the infectious drum beats of Simon Juniper. Alfie Jackson and Tom Redburn share the mic to begin each verse with “I’m running around in the town I was born…..” as they joyfully describe the ups and downs of life and love for the young and the restless, summed up in the chorus of “I’m a lover not a fighter, but I’m fighting with my lover and we’re frightened of each other you see/there’s not much left in this world that’s not already made a fool out of me”. It’s all over in three and a bit minutes, yet you’ll be humming the tune for hours after just one listen.
Flip the disc over and we’re hit by the bouncing beast that is ‘Loco’. Tom Redburn takes the lead here to give us the sweetest broken-Cockney vocal heard since a chimney sweep got his hands on some ol’ bamboo. Juniper side-hits just about every part of his kit, while Alfredo Corrales taps out a great jug-band bass to create a right-stomping Friday night knees-up down the local boozer. The lyrics depict good times n bad guys (“It started with you cheatin’ n acting like a whore/Snake-boy was a junky, with needles lying on the floor), giving real bite to the cheeky groove. The video for ‘Loco’ was shot at The Rusty Suns’ favourite little clubhouse, Earl Haig Hall, in Crouch End and the army archives and flocked wallpaper of this British legion/workingmans club are a fitting back-drop to a song that plays up to the bands dirty reputation and will get you swaggering across the dance floor like it’s VE day all over again!
If that wasn’t enough, The Rusty Suns have only thrown in the anthemic crowd pleaser, ‘Cross This Line’ for good measure. Often to be heard bringing a close to their riotous live shows, this tune is set to become nothing short of a classic with its’ football terrace, chant-like chorus of “We don’t give a f*ck about where yer from/Ya come round ‘ere ya gonna ‘av some fun”. This may be London’s finest live band at their best, but with more in the tank, the party just seems to be getting better and better.
released July 7, 2014
Additional Musicians - Rainbow Claire, Sophie Isabel Mulligan
Producer - Brian O'Shaunessy
Record Label - Brown Leather Jacket Records