Single Review: 'Last Line' by The Links
‘Last line’ is the debut single from Scotland based, indie rock band, The Links. It stands as a resurrection of nineties brit pop with the pummelling energy of a spirited young band determined to announce themselves.
The track is charmingly dishevelled, combining a relentless rhythm section, an assembly of jangly guitars and discordant vocals, evidently reminiscent of the disgruntled stylings of the Gallagher brothers.
The Oasis influence is an element that, though it strikes as a little bit obnoxious and perhaps a little bit copycat initially, blends and transforms as the song progresses into the first chorus, cementing it as a bonafide indie banger in its own right.
Lyrically, the track takes little contemplation as it follows the classic, somewhat predictable but almost always effective, rock and roll subject matter of drink, drugs and girls. But the simplicity of it makes it easier to digest the track as a whole, so that you find yourself dancing along before you’ve even considered doing so and hitting repeat so you can learn the lyrics and have a good sing along.
It’s this which gives ‘Last Line’ the winning formula of a tune to be played live and loud, you can just picture a swarm of bodies bouncing, screaming along with no inhibitions.
And with a following already built up from numerous gigs around Scotland, including a sold out set at PJ Molloys in the their hometown of Dunfermline, the infectious vigour of the music is already constructing a stellar reputation around The Links.
To have formed as a band and released a debut single in the same year is an impressive feat on its own but to have that single mastered by Pete Maher, who’s discography includes U2 and Katy Perry, is another achievement altogether.
Teamed with a fanbase that continues to grow as they tour Scotland, ‘Last Line’ is planting a lot of seeds for the band and it’ll be exciting to see just how far they grow in the future.
If you’re looking to experience the band in all their glory you can head down to their single launch this Friday at Opium in Edinburgh, you can find all the info you need right here.
Photography by Amlo Rogers