LOST AT HOME - Blaze the Sky EP (2014)
Review by Dawn
It’s the sign of a good song when, having heard it only twice, you can then sing along to the chorus on the third play. It’s the sign of an even better song when you wake several days later to find it still lodged firmly in your brain. Up and coming Birmingham quartet Lost at Home have managed to produce an EP brimming with such delights – a musical masterclass in how to write infectious pop-rock gems with killer choruses.
The Midlands lads have been causing something of a stir on their local gig circuit and, having witnessed them opening for My Life Story at the O2 Academy towards the end of 2013, it’s little wonder. The Blaze the Sky EP is a concise introduction to a four piece who exude the same energy and enthusiasm on record as they do onstage, and whose lush, layered, upbeat songs are just crying out for radio airplay.
The band clearly have an eclectic mix of influences, making it almost impossible to match their sound to anyone else. To get a vague idea you’d need to throw The Kooks, The Sunshine Underground, McFly and John Mayer into the ring - although perhaps a closer comparison would be the much-missed Dum Dums, who straddled the line between Melody Maker indie-rock and prime time pop TV shows like CD:UK. Lost at Home even have a song named Sex Drive written on a similar subject to Dum Dums’ album track Hole in Your Heart, and it’s just as catchy.
To confuse things a little further, the wonderful Purple Soul is in parts reminiscent of pop prince Mika’s most radio-friendly hits while fourth track Free has a piano refrain that Gary Barlow would be proud of. Overall the EP is an intoxicating mix of fizzing guitars, foot-tapping basslines, soaring vocals and anthemic choruses. But don’t take our word for it – go and listen to them on the link below. Be warned though: Once you’ve heard them you’ll be singing the choruses for the rest of the day - if not the rest of the week.
With thanks to Lost at Home. Listen to the Blaze the Sky EP here. More info can be found on the band’s Facebook page.
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