Fulsome alt-country meets indie jangle propelled along at a fair old lick, the duo’s flawless harmonies posting a comforting melancholy
A minimalist approach only maximises the trio’s melodic efficiency, allowing Satalino’s meandering vocal to shine from the verses, resulting in one gorgeous slice of lo-fi folkish indie
The chorus is brazen and ear grabbing, with punchy riffs and catchy licks that never overstay their welcome. Chunky, hooky and brief, ‘I Was Born’ is a great first single to what should be a stellar second EP.
Singer Rob Cross is a fine lyrical chronicler of the travails of the unfashionable everyday, not unlike a provincial British Springsteen, and, for all their punk roots, Orphan Boy at their best have a flavour of The Boss’s widescreen, anthemic escapism.
The first thing that stands out on ‘Switchblade’ is its simple, delightful bassline and playful synth-riff melody that kinda floats on top before the vocals kick in. These are distinct and welcoming, coating the music in what feels like a warm massage oil.
As Orphan Boy release their third album, 'Coastal Tones', frontman Rob Cross tells us how the band threw off their influences, shares some footage from an unhinged show in Chorley and riffs on everything from the state of the nation to the state of the national game