EP Review: ‘This Sucks’ by Lonely Boys Club
Solo acoustic artist Lonely Boys Club from Blyth has just released his debut EP ‘This Sucks’.
Produced in his bedroom, the EP features four raw and honest acoustic pop songs that make the perfect soundtrack to a rainy Sunday afternoon.
‘Romantic Shit’ opens the EP with soothing guitar rhythms and pleading vocals.
It’s a song that speaks straight from the heart of everyone who has ever been unlucky in love.
From listening to the lyrics you know exactly what it feels like, such as when he sings:
“I ain’t got a chance with you, so I’ll just go to sleep and dream that I do”.
The next track ‘Idkwtd’ is an acoustic ballad featuring layered vocals, which gives it a dreamy, melancholic feel.
Keeping in tune with the theme of heartache, this song talks about missing someone who is no good for you, and he sings it so beautifully.
Lonely Boys Club’s calm voice will make you want to sit very still and listen intently while daydreaming about lovers long gone.
What instantly stands out about the next track ‘Rocked the Boat’ is its beautiful melody, and the guitar riff that frames the song is one that will most definitely stay with you for days. If the first two songs were characterised by desperation and longing, this one seems to portray a deep sadness. Especially with lyrics like:
“I try to grasp for air but it’s too hard to breathe in love that isn’t there”.
‘Worries for Future Me’ closes the EP with a bang.
The song strays from the earlier melancholy of the EP and picks up the tempo and, with its heavier guitar rhythms and lyrics that draw on the existential crisis of your teen and tween years, it’s clear that this song is going to be a crowd pleaser at Lonely Boys Club’s live performances.
Listening to it, I can already picture a crowd of twenty-somethings screaming along, giving room to their own frustrations.
This musician has a talent for making songs that radiate emotion. Maybe it’s the minimalistic bedroom production or the honesty of the lyrics but it’s almost impossible to not feel them.
If you are looking for new singer-songwriters to support or you want to prove that there is more to acoustic pop than Ed Sheeran, I highly recommend giving this EP a listen.
Contrary to its title, it very much doesn’t suck. It’s brilliant.