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Review: 'Boat'
'Tread Lightly'   

-  Label: 'Marker records/bandcamp'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '1.5.20.'

Our Rating:
Boat have brought to shore the bands first new album since 2013 that should bring joy to indie-pop fans everywhere as this album is full of great catchy indie-pop. Now the press release claims they are based in Seattle/Tacoma and Portland but let's face it the location of the band isn't important, but how good the music is, in this case it's good and very easy to listen to on repeat.

From the false start and slow opening of Metabolism that then becomes a heartfelt and slightly wonky indie song full of yearning it's clear this album is going to be a lot of fun to listen too while containing a good few in jokes that might not always make sense but will make you smile anyway.

(To All The) Sweaty People is a good ode to that sense of worry and anticipation and just fun of being around a bunch of Sweaty People that they want to get in line they never say what for but well you can guess and it's a great almost sing along indie tune to well get sweaty dancing too.

So Many Reasons Your Hair Turns Grey might explain why this reviewers beard is grey but his hair is still brown, but then it could also be a treatise on the state of things today and at the same time feels more like a piece of kitchen sink indie that might have you singing along to the songs title while pointing fingers at someone who may be guilty of helping your own hair turn grey.

Tread Lightly/Rock Gently and it's time to grab the one you love and well Rock Gently along to this song that reminds me of Boatclub rather than Boat.

In The Water is urgent and a touch on the frantic side as we wonder exactly what is in the water tonight and if we need to call in the hazmat team to deal with it or not, or if your partner's had a meltdown and thrown half your possessions into the water to get back at you as this flies by and into your brain.

I Believe In The Principle is a swift blur of a song that well asks if you have any principles and if not you might lose your mind.

Be As Good As You Want To Be is as good a mantra to live by as any,it reminds me of Weezer or any number of similar Indie bands with a good sense of humour and something to say over the course of a short song that packs in plenty of ideas and interesting sounds.

Only Without/Lonely Without has an insistent feel to it as they slow things down and ask a few questions as to why they are now without you, this has some cool backing vocals to help with the pain he may well be going through.

Mind Bending is a cool indie tune, rather than a bit of Mind Bending space case rock, that might be implied by the song title, as they tell us what the electricity in there brain has done to them and exactly who has bent there minds and caused them the pain they are in as the music seems to go a bit glam pop.

Zombie State Of Mind features some guest vocals from Chris Ballew from The Presidents Of The United States that seems to up the stakes and makes this a really catchy Indie pop punk tune that will easily get stuck in your head or just get stuck on repeat to hear everything that's going on and so you can work out what all the babbling voices are saying.

The first single from the album is next and well yes Loneliness Kills is a good cry of pain to try to help stop the loneliness it also has some good effects on the vocals and a break down that almost sound like it's being played through a 1970s transistor radio from Tandy's. Coming out during lockdown of course adds and extra layer of intensity as we think of anyone who has been in solitary lockdown and in need of someone to be with or talk with. If that's you please get in touch with me or better yet get in touch with https://www.samaritans.org/ or equivalent local organizations.

The album closes with The Ballad Of Gaz Coombes, that does sound a bit like our hero from Supergrass as this song pays tribute to Gaz and asks some questions about how he's tried to change himself, not a singer I was expecting as tribute song about, but then he is certainly enough of a hero to deserve one.

Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/BOAT-99933840627/ https://boat.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR1KlBvhSHJ4lCvrAROgz0eN6FRCI9Lj5uCm1rHIti25rFxSrfoMPSGetM8 https://www.discogs.com/BOAT-Tread-Lightly/master/1734320
  author: simonovitch

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