By Jon Milton
The Lounge Society have been turning heads and pricking up ears for just over two years since their outstanding debut single ‘Generation Game’ came out. They set the bar high with that song and kept it high with their debut EP ‘Silk for the Starving’ released last year but has it stayed there for their debut album ‘Tired of Liberty’? Kind of.
The sheer amount of energy and ideas that the band pack into Tired of Liberty is mind blowing. The first nine songs twist and turn, scamper and slow and then scamper again restlessly with such effortless ease. Its easy to lose your sense of time. Brilliant stuff. Then it all comes abruptly to an end with ‘Upheaval’ a significant change in direction and one that doesn’t really fit. The album closes with Generation Game which feels like it’s been tacked on to make up the numbers. Was it rushed out to capitalise on the bands growing popularity? It feels a bit like that, which is a shame.
Despite the disappointing end however, the potential this band have is incredible. I’m kind of reminded of the first Echo and the Bunnymen album ‘Crocodiles’ here in the sense of thinking that this is not the finished article but there could be something great like ‘Heaven Up Here’ just round the corner. The comparison is amplified as both albums feature lightweight production that doesn’t get the best out of them.
Despite minor grumbles though, Tired of Liberty is an impressive debut. And in many ways it’s a good thing that its flawed as it gives them room to target improvement and really nail the next record, and hopefully a couple more after that too.