Single Review: Mayfare’s ‘Better Days’
After the overwhelmingly positive reception for their last tune, ‘Petty Thoughts’, the young lads have been on a steady rise in the Newcastle Music scene; with an impressive line-up of gigs and a dedicated circle of fans craving their jangly indie rock sound.
‘Better Days’ has been eagerly awaited by myself and many others, and I’m happy to say that this new track lives up to the band’s previous releases. It’s a perfect way to see out the rest of the summer and is a welcome addition to the onslaught of local music we’ve heard this festival season.
Sam’s infectiously clean guitar starts off the track with lush delay swirls – once again, Mayfare have delivered a catchy earworm for us all to get stuck in our heads.
The drums are fast paced and raw, a wonderful compliment to the rhythm section, and the bass glues everything together.
However, it is Adam’s hugely unique voice that makes this tune truly stand out: “Forgetting aint that easy when you’re stuck.”
We’re then treated to a toe-tapping chorus that flows seamlessly into a second verse. A break that reintroduces the guitar riff from the start is a great way to add variety to the structure of this short track. Mayfare keep the listener’s attention at all times, which is exactly what we want!
If I had to be picky, I’d say that the production could be bigger. A track like this is crying out for some backing vocals or additional layers. But this is a minor concern as ‘Better Days’ is a great track even in its simplest form.
For me, Mayfare stand out as a wonderfully original four piece. I can’t wait to see where these guys go, and we’re all desperate for the next release already. Be sure to see them at a gig in the North East the first chance you get.
Photography by Paul Cummings Photography