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Review: The OK Social Club, “Baby Eat Your Heart Out”

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Review: The OK Social Club, “Baby Eat Your Heart Out”

“If you’re looking for a shimmery pop soundtrack to your summer, you’ve found it with The OK Social Club’s Baby Eat Your Heart Out. They perform with purpose and force, creating a fiercely good pop music experience with this record.”

Artist: The OK Social Club

Album: Baby Eat Your Heart Out

Genre: Melodic Pop

RIYL: Tokyo Police Club, Delta Spirit, Vampire Weekend

The OK Social Club

The OK Social Club are an Edinburgh, Scotland based group who are out to steal your hearts and sweeten up your summer with the release of their new record, Baby Eat Your Heart Out. Lead single “Walkie Talkie” comes bouncing out of the speakers and the hooks are in; in fact, the hooks just keep dropping left and right as this album delivers song after song for an energetic, well-paced listening experience.

The aforementioned “Walkie Talkie” is a great introduction to the band, a little bit dirty, super rhythmic and just incredibly fun to listen to. When “Camarilla” and “5s (It’s in Your Blood)” follow, there is added depth and character, particularly in lead singer Raff Eragona’s vocal performance. He exudes confidence and an unpretentious swagger that easily leaps to new heights throughout the record to take the backing efforts of Chris Finn (guitar/vocals), Gordy Burn (bass) and Jordan Harvey (drums) up another notch. “Women and Children First” is a nice surprise, after absorbing the pulsating energy and fast beats of previous tracks, with its simplicity and more subdued tone.

The driving energy of “Old School Down” and “Tough Love (Waiting for Something to Happen)” feel fresh, but they maintain a more deeply rooted vintage punk vibe with their punctuated guitar lines and vocals. But then the band shows their progressive nature with “Keeping Up Appearances,” a song that capitalizes on a completely different vibe, but still shows off that crazy good vocal range from Eragona and textured guitars. There truly isn’t a bad or unnecessary track included on this record, and that’s a pretty big deal. Being able to produce a 10-track album that remains accessible and well-paced is the mark of a band that’s reaching into their bag of tricks and tapping into their potential.

If you’re looking for a shimmery pop soundtrack to your summer, you’ve found it with The OK Social Club’s Baby Eat Your Heart Out. They perform with purpose and force, creating a fiercely good pop music experience with this record. And the ease with which they allow these tracks to develop in what often feels like moments of spontaneous greatness is incredibly satisfying. So, go listen to this record and become part of their club; membership privileges include great pop music.


The OK Social Club website:
http://www.theoksocialclub.com/

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