Thursday, September 30, 2021

Keeley’s raucous rock n’ roll single ‘The Glitter and the Glue’

Dream pop/psychedelic band Keeley stick to the tried-and-true formula of distorted guitars, loud drums, and infectious melodies on their latest release ‘The Glitter and the Glue’ taken from the debut EP ‘Brave Warrior’.

In just over 2 minutes, the track rushes through you like a fever dream. 

The passionate vocal from frontwoman Keeley Moss is supported powerfully by a Johnny Marr style guitar arrangement. 

It’s release on Dimple Discs label (founded by Damian O’Neill of The Undertones) comes as no surprise as Keeley carry the same nostalgia and energy of the 70s and 80s punk rock scene.


Keeley’s release has been dedicated to Inga-Maria Hauser, a German tourist, who went missing in Northern Ireland in 1988. Talking with Loud Women, frontwomen Keeley Moss said “Inga is the subject of everything I write. From the moment I first read about her exactly five years ago to now”.


This combination of Keeley’s unusual lyrical obsession of Inga’s disappearance, along with the powerful, DIY production, results in an exciting listen. There are touches of Oasis with the familiar chugging guitar chords, but also of eighties supergroup Electronic as Keeley use fuzzy synths to layer up the dense composition.


The song has an accompanying music video which features footage of the London underground network, a further nod to Inga-Maria Hauser who was “totally entranced by London” according to the quote at the end of the video. This notion of entrancement is reflected in the dreamy atmosphere Keeley create in the track.


Keeley’s entire debut EP continues with material dedicated to Inga, but this single is the standout track with its perfect balance of chaotic guitars and melodic vocals. Fans of alternative rock and psychedelia alike will enjoy this listen.


I hope Keeley’s interest in Inga will lead to many more exciting releases to come.


Euan Blackman


Image: ‘Brave Warrior’ Official EP Artwork


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