EP Review: LUCIA's ‘Cheap Talk’
Glaswegian indie rock four-piece LUCIA have just released their new EP 'Cheap Talk' with Sweet Jane Recordings. Featuring the band’s latest singles, the EP’s title track ‘Cheap Talk’ and ‘Summertime’, the collection also presents two brand new tracks that were being made public for the first time.
Produced by Jim Abbiss, who has collaborated with indie legends Arctic Monkeys, the EP presents a mix of catchy indie pop tunes, cheeky college rock, grungy riffs, and nostalgic vibes with a hefty hint of riot grrrl attitude.
Title track ‘Cheap Talk’ opens the EP with warm guitar riffs and impressively powerful vocals by frontwoman Lucia Fairfull, creating a sound that reminds us of the grunge sounds and riot grrrl culture of the 1990s. Statements like “She can promise anything, because her money talks”, “Your friends do they really know you? - I don’t think so” and catchy rhymes like “One, two, three, cheap talk is killing me – shut up, shut up”, prove that LUCIA do not only make great music; they have a message to convey!
’Cheap Talk’ is a powerful opening track, assigning the musical themes of the EP.
Despite having similar underline themes, if anyone is expecting the tracks to all sound the same, you'll be pleasantly surprised!
With airy guitar riffs, ‘Summertime’ swaps the harsh and rebellious vibes of the opening track for sweet indie pop sounds. The track’s catchy tune has gained much recognition by the music press already, having been praised by music magazines CLASH and NME and reaching over 200,000 streams on Spotify while also being featured on both Spotify’s New Music Friday (UK) and The Indie List (US).
This song is the perfect soundtrack for a road trip on a nice summer day, but I warn you, the catchy chorus won’t get out of your head once you’ve listened to it!
The third track on the EP ‘All The Money In The World’ offers a contrast to the airy tunes of the previous track. Instead, the warm guitar riffs at the beginning of the song develop into distorted grunge riffs, accompanied by Lucia’s hunting vocals, which gives the song an unexpected and powerful twist.
Last but not least, ‘What Am I’ finishes the EP with authentic and noisy indie/grunge sounds and therefore, is a tribute to LUCIA’s DIY spirit, demonstrating the band’s versatility once more.
As an EP, 'Cheap Talk' is a truly powerful collection of excellent indie rock songs, created by a noisy and inspiring band from Glasgow.
Named as “one of the UK’s brightest young bands” by Drowned in Sounds and championed by BBC Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens as being “as good as indie gets”, the band enjoys much recognition in the music industry already.
From being discovered busking on the streets of Glasgow to playing big festivals, such as TRNSMT and Electric Fields, front woman Lucia Fairfull emphasises the authenticity of their latest EP Cheap Talk, saying:
"Over the past year we have been playing shows relentlessly, and developing our sound and we feel that this collection of songs captures every angle of where LUCIA stands right now. It is a journey of young heartbreak and angst, with a blend of everything that inspires in between”.
It’s this authenticity that makes LUCIA’s latest EP an outstanding piece of work, wowing fans of indie rock and critics alike.
LUCIA is currently touring the UK, supporting Welsh alternative rock band Estrons. Here are their upcoming live dates:
9th Nov - Bodega, Nottingham, supporting Estrons
14th Nov - The Cavern, Exeter, supporting Estrons
15th Nov - The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham, supporting Estrons
16th Nov - The Green Door Store, Brighton, supporting Estrons
24th Nov - Dirty Weekender Festival, Bakers, Kilmarnock
25th Nov - EH6 Festival, Leith Theatre, Edinburgh
28th Nov - The Great Escape 'First Fifty', The Courtyard Theatre, London
4th Dec - The Sash, The Polar Bear, Hull