‘Whole Town’s Heart’
REDTRACK are from Southend-On-Sea, and consider themselves a cross ‘between Girls Aloud and The Clash’. Whole Town’s Heart is their new debut album, released on the 30th August. What is really phenomenal about this band is the recovery by their bassist after suffering an attack with an air gun and meat cleaver(!) – the fact that they have continued to plough on is admirable, the rest of the band waiting for his recovery before they re-continued their path to success. REDTRACK have even made an appearance in tv show, Hollyoaks. Track ‘Pretty Boy’ even features Hollie Jay Bowes from the show.
The album kicks off with the title track, Whole Town’s Heart, but I didn’t find it to be the best of the album, it was in fact one of my least favourite. For me the album picked up with track 3, ‘Been There’, but I spent the next six songs feeling a bit expectant of something more. While I don’t doubt the band’s technical and musical abilities, I felt like it was missing an extra bit of oomph. The sound is perky and punky, but disappointedly repetitive. ‘Pretty Boy’ was a breath of fresh air because of the mix in of female vocals from Bowes, which made the sound a lot more interesting but still falling short of the mark for me.
Therefore, I would recommend this album to anyone who knows they already like this sort of sound from a band, but don’t expect to feel like you experienced anything new or profound.