Album Review: Redtrack – Whole Town’s Heart

By on Tuesday, 26th October 2010 at 12:00 pm

Self-described as sounding like a cross between Girls Aloud and the Clash, a newish band dubbed Redtrack offer more than a quick fix of pop and thrash-around punk tunes. Indeed, their recently released album, ‘Whole Town’s Heart’, seems to bleed a little something for everyone.

The problem, however, may well lie in convincing the global airwaves that the band’s songs dig a little deeper than what their topics convey. After all, many of the album’s subjects reference the everyday – and what some may consider to be cliché – life experiences.

With Redtrack, there’s the usual talk of adolescence, relationships, sex, alcohol, pubs, clubs, you get the picture. Or you soon will once you hear the actual songs. There’s an infectious feeling of youth on the album overall, and tracks like guitar-driven and punk-based ‘Cigarette’ and ‘The Trier’ (a video of the band playing it love for BBC Introducing below) demonstrate the joys and confusion of romantic interests. Musically speaking, the former track carries comparisons with fellow British acts like Arctic Monkeys and the Maccabees, while the latter carries the musically pop sensibilities of love-lorn songs form the 1980s.


Still, there’s punk and attitude dripping from this Southend-On-Sea bunch, and what better way to bash out some raw, edgy sounds than with legendary artist Pete Shelley from Buzzcocks? Shelley demonstrated his musical prowess by help producing one of the band’s singles, ‘Pole Dancer’, a lyrically contagious song that twists and turns and ultimately finds vocalist Billy Wright “in love.”

Finally, album closer and quite possibly standout track, ‘Pretty Boy’ features a guest appearance by ‘Hollyoaks’ star Hollie Jay Bowes. The song itself provides a collision of gritty guitars juxtaposed against the sincere lyrical confessions of the duo who lovingly declare that they’re “coming home tonight.”

Overall, ‘Whole Town’s Heart’ is an all-encompassing album that draws on life experiences, which is backed with punk-rock sensibilities and some very catchy melodies that will leave listeners wanting more. Whether or not the band will break the airways for mainstream success remains to be seen. However, what is clear is that Redtrack have made a solid and enjoyable record that listeners can easily relate to.

You can purchase ‘Whole Town’s Heart’ from iTunes.

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One Response

7:18 pm
26th October 2010

A fabulous young emerging act who deserve to go all the way in the industry.
If you havent done so, checkout these boys at a show.

You wont be disappointed!

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