Towards the back end of 2019, Halfway 2 Nowhere got a little bit carried away with our praise of a certain indie-rock band from Wigan. With bold statements such as “without doubt, the best 45 minutes of live music I’ve seen in 2019” and “If they’re not the band that define the 2020s I’ll happily admit I’m wrong but, if this set is anything to go by, The Lathums are the band you need to get to know, and fast.” it became easy to see who we were backing to be big in 2020.
It was important then for our reputation as a blog, but also for The Lathums, who built such a following in 2919, that their first 2020 release was a real statement of intent of where they’re going. I’m, therefore, delighted to say, that their new single, Fight On, due for release this Friday (24th January), is exactly that, and has picked up right where the Wigan four-piece left us in 2019 with I Know That Much.
From the off, the track, builds on the bands’ previous releases. Unlike the jangly, Johnny Marr-esque indie-pop openings on their debut EP, Fight On kicks in with a strong riff. Cleaner in sound and bolder in style, the track’s depth from the beginning allows vocalist Alex Moore to come in with a strong vocal. Unlike previous releases, Moore’s vocal has had to build to a crescendo, but on Fight On there is a real powerful opening few lines which make it instantly listenable.
Lyrically, The Lathums are far beyond their years, that’s without question. Gone are the days of youthful indie bands singing simple mundane lyrics; with the likes of Sam Fender breaking the industry with his incredible words, The Lathums have taken on the challenge of writing quality lyrics to match their music and they succeed. There hasn’t been a band writing this quality since early Arctic Monkeys and Alex Moore on Fight On, proves why this band are being talked up by all critics and promoters.
In typical Lathums fashion though, Moore has to take it up a level and does so with some oomph. The dynamic changes as Ryan Durrans (drums) brings the track right down in pace and volume. As Fight On builds back up though, as a listener you know at some point Moore is going to erupt and that’s absolutely what happens. The bridge allows you a breather, before the final chorus is belted out with real passion and energy by Moore.
Compared to The Great Escape, or I Know That Much, I wouldn’t say Fight On is an instant Lathums classic compared, but the emphasis there is on the instant. Previous releases as mentioned, were a little more simplistic and easy to sing to, Fight On is much more complex. In music this refined and this good, it’s not always easy to pick out the layers, but the indie-soundscape The Lathums create, especially through the musical brilliance of Scott (Guitar) and Johnny (Bass), means you can listen to this 100 times and still pick out new bits you hadn’t heard the previous time.
As their management say “There is serious potential for the future of The Lathums and don’t be surprised if we see them headlining some major festivals in the near future” and I couldn’t agree more. This is just the start of a huge, huge career for this band and I can’t wait for the world to hear Fight On on Friday.