Northern towns aren’t renowned for their progressive politics. Whether you take Rochdale or Redcar, Bradford or Blackpool, these provincial towns share a milieu that succeeds in fostering a certain mindset not often seen in cities. This is something that Manchester’s MCRAE understand perfectly.
Hailing from the mill towns scattered across both Lancashire and Yorkshire, the four-piece eschew the swaggering indie-boy Oasis imitations so often seen in such towns, in favor of something slightly subtler, more intelligent, that bridges the gap between punk, indie and pop effortlessly.
Indeed, their latest single ‘Lucy’ is arguably their poppiest release to date. Three minutes of shimmering guitars and chunky bass, the band describe the track as being “the age-old tale of boy meets mythical creature in a bar whilst tripping”, and thought harbouring plenty of frontman Jake Mcrae’s trademark snotty vocals, the sugary aesthetic the band employ here is a far cry from their punk-inspired early days, while still retaining the edge of piss and vinegar that made MCRAE such an enticing prospect to begin with.
It might have been a quiet last year for MCRAE, as it was for most bands, but now armed with a smattering of singles and an EP in the pipeline, it’s obvious the band are back and firing on all cylinders.
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