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March 07, 2007

The Lodger

The Lodger

The Lodger are a three-piece indie outfit from Leeds who make treble-y indie pop tunes with great success. Actual success is still awaiting them, but after just completing a tour with The Long Blondes, and an album Grown Ups sometime out this March, it might yet come along.

As the new album contains some re-recorded early tracks, they’ve rather nicely put all their original 7” releases up for download on their website. To save you the hassle, I picked the best few of the eight available in anticipation for the full length.

Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion is the first here, and the first single that I came across, way back in 2005 (and that’s like, two years ago now, wow). It’s hyperactive strumming and snare-rolling drums make it sound aggressive at first, but it comes across as a twee interpretation of The Jam instead of anything harsh.

You Got Me Wrong was the follow-up single in 2006, with more bouncy rhythms (you know, the one that goes bum-cha-bum-cha bumpa-cha bumpa-cha…) and melodies that stick around without the song actually sticking around for that long at all (barely over 2 minutes). It’s a sharper leaner pop song than it’s predecessor, and probably my favourite of the three here.

Not So Fast is the last song I heard (i.e. today) and wahey, it’s not a carbon copy of anything from the last two. A little slower, but builds with a better structure recalling Goldfinger-era Ash with perhaps less bombast. It’s growing on me the more I repeat it, so that can only bear well for the future when the album arrives.

Grab the whole lot (and five more tunes) here from the Lodger site

The Lodger – Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion MP3 Expired
The Lodger – You Got Me Wrong MP3 Expired
The Lodger – Not So Fast MP3 Expired

For more album tracks, check out the MySpace


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