Single Review: Van Susans – Bones

By on Tuesday, 18th January 2011 at 12:00 pm

Van Susans from Bromley, London, have a very unusual name. (Remind me to ask them about it if I ever have the pleasure of running into them.) But who cares about the band’s name if the music they make is brilliant, right? The band just started up in mid-2010, but check out their debut single, ‘Bones’, released late last year. In the haze of Coldplay and Keane‘s popularity, I always wondered how a band with a prominent piano would be perceived. Well, if Van Susans are any indication, there is plenty of ground piano bands can cover without aping either of those venerated stadium rock bands.

I like this song. A lot. Frontman Olly Andrew sings, “healing takes longer sometimes / sometimes you have to let go, go, go.” And “Sometimes it takes a long, hard fall / to find out maybe you’re not so invincible after all.” Good lyrics. Only wish I’d written it! A second single, ‘Plans’, is scheduled to be released on 21 February. The band recently added a sixth member, a full-time violinist, and are currently working on a debut EP. Definitely interested to see what happens with this band.



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4 Responses

12:54 pm
18th January 2011

Have to say, I love this song too. Not only am I impressed with the music and the lyrics, but the range of the singer is fantastic! Well done boys.

1:28 pm
18th January 2011

I love this song, I have down loaded it and listen to it all the time, it’s very addictive! The singer has amazing range and the music is brillant! Can’t wait for the 2nd single release!!

7:25 pm
28th January 2011

Love it when Olly is running down the road and then arrives at the party, the song gets to it’s incredible climax and really give a spine chilling thrill!!

[…] From just five songs, I could tell this band of six just “had” it. Initially, it was single ‘Bones’ that caught my ear first, with its lyrics of a young man’s bombast and invincibility , later […]

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