Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Solicitors strike again!

Oooh yeah! The arrival of a new Solicitors single is always a celebrated event in my life, and this time the Melbourne based foursome is teasing its long-awaited debut album! If the last 33 years had never happened, surely this band would have already scored a handful of top ten singles. English-bred songwriter Lee Jones is one of the modern-day masters of the radio hook, and his penchant for crafting hit-worthy material just might be inexhaustible. Recent gems like "Quicksand" and "Help Me Forget" seemed like they'd be impossible to top. But now we get "If You Let Me Hold You", and I'm already wondering how The Solicitors will top this one! Again the frame of reference is the spiky new wave pop of the early '80s - replete with another music video in the old school style. The Solicitors' signature seems to be the catchy, sing-along chorus. And this chorus, I assure you, will definitely grab you and and compel you to sing long. You could catch a whale with that hook! With a Lee Jones song, there's always some kind of clever twist on the conventional ode to boy/girl relations. That's certainly the case here, with the sentiment of the song revolving "around emotional detachment in the face of unrequited love, but requited lust" and "the painful irony of getting what you want but not what you need". As usual, people are going to relate.

While undoubtedly influenced by the power pop and new wave greats of the late '70s and early '80s, The Solicitors continue to sound thoroughly modern and fully unique. They're riding quite the hot streak, and I am so stoked about their upcoming album, Blank Check! Look for it in October on Pop Boomerang Records! 


1 comment:

Javier Iglesias said...

Thank's Josh for this Review, i know the solicitors now and it's an Awesome band, thank's again !!!!.