Grunge-pop trio Hey Charlie haven’t been around for long, but with the arrival of their headstrong debut EP, Young And Lonesome, they are already creating a buzz and bringing something refreshing to the British music scene.
The EP’s title track and opening number is slightly underwhelming. After hearing the band’s dynamic and energetic debut single ‘Hey’, I was ready to buckle up and enjoy the ride, but this follow-up doesn’t quite live up to expectations. The track’s fierce and rebellious lyrics ‘‘we can do what we want, when we want’’ lack drive and power in their delivery; despite the message they’re trying to convey. Throughout, you’re expecting an almighty climax and you never quite get it. However, the harmonies are beautiful, the chorus is catchy and this could definitely be a future sing-a-long anthem.
‘She Looks Like A Dreamer’ follows and completely juxtaposes the first track as it immediately hits you hard with anger and a poppy melody. The head-banging chorus is catalyzed by drummer Lauren’s relentless pounding and the full-throttle vocals from guitarist/vocalist Lizz show off what these girls are truly made of. This is a battle cry and they will take on whoever or whatever comes their way.
Closing track ‘Cheer Up Princess’ is high tempo, punchy and infectiously catchy. This song is full of grunge-y bass courtesy of Sophie. It is 90’s grunge meets girl power – Nirvana meets Spice Girls.
Overall this EP is definitely worth a listen and only confirms that Hey Charlie are most definitely putting the fun back into rock music.
Featured Image by Phoebe Fox.
Words by Molly Garlick.