The Social Preview… “A Call To Arms” EP

By on Tuesday, 2nd December 2008 at 4:38 pm

Before putting on  ‘A Call To Arms’ you read about vocal comparisons to Ian Curtis and Morrissey. You hear of the distinct style combining a ‘British attitude to song making’ with ‘bollocking rocking brilliance.’ An image of a band that cannot exist is created – however once you hit play it feels as though half our body is transported to the 80s during the height on post-punk-mania, whilst the other alf sits waiting in the noughties amidst the ashes of what once was the innovative UK indie scene. So it’s true then, you instantly know, this band is everything it says on the packet.. 80s guitars mixed with Ian Curtis-esque vocals and aromatic lyrics. The instant-classic nature of leading single ‘The Fallen’ delivers on every level and cements the bands position as ‘movement creating’ Brit-rockers.

At a time when post-punk revival has effectively become monotonous pop, bands like The Social are re-innovating the indie scene, pushing boundaries that haven’t been touched since the emergence of The Libertines – whether they move and others follow is yet to be seen. ‘UK Gothic’ takes a political stance missing in today’s un filled mainstream, vocalist Laurence Hussey stressing; “Bastion of middle England/Bastard child of Thatcherism,” the slower tone contrasiting with the upbeat ‘To The Bone.’ The juxtaposition bringsout the bands musical versitality, though the lyrics remain politically-based; “The national treasure in red and white” – the Orwellian influence is evident.

‘Under Grey English Skies’ takes us to the 80s again, this time with Jam-esque guitars. The varying changes in tempo and lyrics; “I’ll bring the fight to you” provide a riot anthem feel similar to the infamous’Eton Riffles.’ The musical brilliance justifies the supporting slots the band won for Babyshambles, The Rakes and The Psddingtons. Upcoming live shows include a slot at the Enterprise in Chalk Farm on 26th November, followed by a show at cafe 1001 on 16th December.

Final track Hugo is suitably slow to give a sense of closure to the brilliant EP. Overall, the North London rockers are amongst the many bands looking to reassemble the ‘broken indie scene,’ and if ‘A Call To Arms’ is anything to go by, The Social are succeeding. This band are here to stay and their rise up the indie ladder is imminent after this breathtaking debut.

The EP is released on the bands own label; Divided London on 16th February 2009. You can pre-order a copy from their myspace page.

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11 Responses

8:49 pm
31st January 2009

People resist….i know ….a voice with a strange unfamiliar character ….smithsy influences….sigh…but the simple truth is that this is the only band in the country with any bollocks….the most radical musical statement in these times is a resurection of the romantic. This band have not a care in the world what the music industry thinks. Bring on the recession!!

2:36 pm
1st February 2009

The shrubbery around your lawn
is a front to your secret war,
waged in the neat living rooms
of the cold prosaic suburbs.
Bastion of middle England,
bastard child of Thatcherism,
I cannot forgive you for what youve said
and what youve done to us.

The love you give is too reserved,
you traded in your youth and verve,
to build a mighty empire of cake trolleys
and gravelled driveways.
But before you build Jerusalem,
before you take your final breath,
the pictures on your mantle piece
will turn to dust and brick a brack.

And I plot to bring you down,
I plot to bring you down,
I plot to bring you down,
I plot to bring you down,
I plot to bring you down…

BEST LYRICS I EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:37 pm
3rd February 2009

Ha ha thats wicked!!-

Bastion of middle England,
bastard child of Thatcherism,
I cannot forgive you for what youve said
and what youve done to us.

Fucking love it!!!

8:49 pm
3rd February 2009

Indeed.. fuck Thatcher up the Social!!

This band is gonna be huge 😛

7:21 pm
10th February 2009

For sure. Good review!

2:31 pm
22nd February 2009

I love the social!!

3:16 am
24th February 2009

Why are this band not making bigger waves? They should be in the nme at least. I can’t understand it!

11:51 pm
8th March 2009

Its simple and plain as day. This is by far the greatest british lyric writer alive today. More people need to be shouting this band from the roof tops!!

11:28 am
20th March 2009

Great Stuff

8:25 pm
17th May 2009

Thanks for your kind words and comments! Its a bit hard to be welcomed with open arms into the indie mainstraem when you sound a lil bit different like we do but we’re coming back with another single soon so keep em peeled! thanks for your support of the EP, it was 2 years of begging borrowing and more begging and borrowing to get it done but the above comments make it all worth while. Thanks again for your support and I hope to meet you all some day. Stuee.

12:50 am
28th October 2014

When you are a copy cat, you will never be huge, there is nothing special. They are not even better or equal to The Smiths!.

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