Sunday, September 25, 2022

VACANT WEEKEND Make Being Lame Look Cool In New Single ‘Cool New Friends’

For those looking for one last summer hit, VACANT WEEKEND delivers the goods in their new single, ‘Cool New Friends’. Blending jazz and funk influences with sardonic lyrics and brilliant vocals, this song is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The Cumbrian trio bonded over their shared love of music as well as their mutual feeling of never belonging. Having embraced not fitting in, they are dedicating themselves to experimenting with sound and creating something different.

Cool New Friends’ is a deep dive into the themes explored in their first release ‘All Over’, which shares the same summery flavour. This single, however, delves into the confusion of romance, especially in keeping with the end-of-summer flings. The lyrics are exceptionally clever without being lofty - it takes real skill to write something such as “Promiscuity and angst go hand in hand” without sounding either self-righteous or too wordy but VACANT WEEKEND pull it off. And with hooks to rival that of Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, as well as their excellent instrumentation, it’s no wonder that the band has received praise from BBC Music's Chris Hawkins.

The up-tempo track is heavily laden with jazz and funk influences and kept ticking along by an effervescent drum beat. Meanwhile, the guitar and bass riff off of each other, creating counter melodies that highlight the lead vocals. These deserve special mention: the vocalist has excellent control and deals out an emotive performance, not least of all when the song comes to its peak in the final chorus. Every element of the song could stand alone, and quite successfully, but they all come together to create a magnetic sound.

For a trio that is self-described as ‘losers’, there’s no doubt this is a very cool track. VACANT WEEKEND is a band to watch.

Cool New Friends’ is out on all streaming platforms now. 

Chloe Boehm


Image: ‘Cool New Friends’ Official Single Cover

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