Single Review: Okay Champ's 'William Tell'
Okay Champ are back with another track to tantalize your ear-drums.
The band are one of the North East’s brightest emerging talents and this latest instalment definitely proves that.
‘William Tell’ is their most recent release, following on from ‘The Party’s Over (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)’ which was released in May of this year, and Okay Champ are living up to their recent hype having been played on Huw Stephen’s Radio 1 show recently.
From the almost hypnotic drumming to the chilling vocals, this track seems to have everything you could want from a Noise Pop band. The incessant chanting makes you feel like you are listening to a Monk praying away his sins while mixed with wavy distorted Guitars coming together to make one almighty sound that you can’t help but turn up loud.
There are similarities to Preoccupations and early Joy Division (Warsaw), however the lyrics are perhaps a lot less sinister. With an opening line of “Picking up the tickets from a bloke I know, from selling gear back in the day”. We can see they don’t shirk away from going for a bold and up-front vibe. This type of matter of fact songwriting is what we have come to know, love and expect from Okay Champ.
This is just the start for the Newcastle Quintet. With a growing support thanks to their radio play and their explosive shows in and around The North East, we can see this is just the beginning of something big.
As long as they keep their bold, atmospheric glow we will keep looking out and anxiously waiting for another track (and hopefully an album soon).