Review: Airways’ Debut EP “Starting to Spin”
Be prepared to have your head left spinning after listening to Airways’ debut EP “Starting to Spin”.
The 5 track record was released on the 19th May just as the band set off to support Nothing But Thieves on their tour across the UK.
The 4 piece is made up of Jake (vocals/guitar) and Alex (guitar) from Peterborough, Jamie (Bass) from Birmingham, and Brian (drums) who moved from Chicago to join the band.
Despite the band only having formed recently, Airways have already gained a lot of attention due to their distinctive blend of clever lyrics and an infectious indie-rock sound.
The EP’s opening track is the band’s previously released single “One Foot”. Following a slow intro, Jake’s vocals kick in and right from the start it becomes clear that it’s his ability to capture seemingly trivial moments with his unique vocal style which is going to set these guys apart from the rest. And with such a massive stomping chorus, this song will have you stride along ready to tackle life in no time.
Next up is “White Noise” which shows off the band's ability to create a ridiculously infectious song despite a theme as serious as street gangs and being on the “wrong side”. It’s almost impossible not to sing along to that chorus even from the first listen.
Possibly my favourite track of the lot.
The EP's more rocky side comes to the show with “Reckless Tongue” which features some pretty epic riffs and drum beats. However, Jake’s straight talking lyrics are still in full force, telling the tale of a messy night out on the town we can all relate to: “And it’s a tragedy, people talking over me, dancing to the human league, can't move, I've got sticky feet”. One of the best lyrics I have heard in a long time.
There is no doubt the title track "Starting to Spin" that follows, is the continuation of said night out, as both the sound and lyrics suddenly get a whole lot more psychedelic. Strangely the 80's electro influences don’t seem out of place at all alongside the otherwise rather rocky atmosphere of this track. A clear sign that Airways are not afraid to blend different styles which can only be admired.
“Mate” is the final track on the EP, which has a more classic indie-rock sound but yet again it is full up to the brim with some incredibly relatable lyrics as our protagonist recalls his rather disastrous night out, now made worse by his so-called mate leaving him out in the rain. “I just need to sleep, to forget about her, forget what I said. Please throw down your keys and I won’t interfere, get straight into bed”. And with a super catchy chorus to boot, this is a cracking track to conclude this spinning musical voyage.
With the help of producers Julian Emery (Nothing but Thieves, Lissie, McFly) and Dom Craik (Guitarist of Nothing but Thieves), Airways have definitely created a superb debut EP. And despite there being a clear flow from one song to the next, all five are strong and unique enough to stand on its own 2 feet, even the contrarily named “One Foot”.
The whole of “Starting to Spin” has now found a firm place on my Spotify playlist!
Unless you are already lucky enough to catch these guys on tour with Nothing But Thieves at the moment, Airways will also head out on a headline tour this July in support of the EP, detail of which can be found on their social media accounts:
In the meantime you can check our “Starting to Spin” for yourself here: https://awal.lnk.to/S-bzB