The Rills Single Reviews: 'The Critic' and 'Morning Rain'
The Rills, an alternative-indie influenced band, have jammed 2019 with two high-energy single releases.
Each release has featured a B-side accompanying each single, combining to be kind-of an EP in two, short-burst parts; ‘The Critic’ and 'Out The Door' as well as ‘Morning Rain’ and 'Photobooth'.
The Rills are a band originally from Lincoln, having recently moved to London to pursue their larger music career and get a feel for producing and recording their own music.
'Morning Rain' is the first 2019 release (January) and has a much more aromatic, substantial and solid feel.
The title track is absolutely amazing. The lead guitar screeches in the back ground, while the bass and the drums hammer on, and the soulful, rhythmic vocals echo strong.
'Morning Rain' is extremely cathartic and displays exactly what we want to hear from an alternative indie band - something unique and impressive and the slight gloomy-ness to the whole song just makes it all the more grooving, refreshing and emotional.
Definitely the best track released by The Rills in 2019.
The second song on the 'Morning Rain' single release is 'Photobooth' which takes a safer approach than the title track, and is far less striking.
There is no doubt that 'Photobooth' is lively, as the instrumentals are faultless, and true to The Rills' genre, the lead guitar licks are contemporary and bright. But But for me, the track seems like one of those songs that plays much better live than recorded, which is not a bad thing at all.
The lively-ness is pleasing, however for me 'Photobooth's lyrics lack a certain authenticity and emotional pulse, the song doesn't convey much of a message, just a sound. A good sound no doubt, just not as powerful as 'Morning Rain'.
'The Critic' is the more homely and delightful release of the 2019 singles, and also the latest of the two, having been released on the 15th of March.
The track combines a youthful, troubled attitude with indie power chords and fast drumming with standout lyrics like:
”Those words you said, are running round my head”
“Open your eyes and judge me properly”
“I am the victim of your words”
'The Critic' is a classic outburst of young disgust at unfair words fired in the direction of one (or more) of the band's member(s), with the reaction to those words being a pubescent, muddle of indie music mocking the “critic” in question throughout the song, who was clearly the dispenser of unkind remarks.
The Rills seem to be growing and developing fast with their move to London and rapid releasing of tracks, but 'The Critic' grounds the band in reality, and reminds us of their youthful spirit.
The second track accompanying 'The Critic' is 'Out the Door'.
'Out the Door' is more or less the twin sister to 'The Critic', possessing all of the same basic features and tone, however it seems to be a bit more pulsing.
This track is clearly more honest and true to it's instrumentals, conveying a much more riveting aroma.
The breakdown with bass drumming, toms and distorted guitar leads to a final stretch of the chorus, ending with catchy lead guitar.
The Rills have already made their mark in the short section of 2019 that has already passed, with 'The Critic' and 'Morning Rain'displaying the start of something bigger and better for these lads.
We have heard the youthful, fun side of the band, and now we’re eagerly awaiting the chance to hear the more emotional, angry, happy, meaningful and universal sides that we know they’re capable of.
Cover Photo: Jojo Danielle