We seem to be in the midst of a quiet revolution. The likes of The Libertines have gone to bed and a new generation have taken their place. They come without hype but equipped with beautifully crafted and passionate songs. I’m not declaring that this revolution rides on the crest of a new music wave. Far from it, but I regard this as its biggest charm: The ability to continue with a musical style whilst keeping it fresh and mesmerising. Just take a moment to consider how many times you have heard a band hyped to the point of explosion, only to be disappointed by their actual music. Or been put off by certain media people ‘championing’ a song or band. The lack of hype often helps a band more than anything else. It makes you approach their music with a clear mind and an open heart. So, whilst you may have heard little or nothing about The Travelling Band, or their impending release, don’t be put off!

The ‘difficult second album’ is anything but for the Mancunian five piece. Screaming is Something provides a clearer, more defined sound than their debut, Under the Pavement, with directionality that oozes charm. Manchester and Americana collide on the ten track release, most notably on ‘The Horizon, Me and You’. Elongated vowels are layered over light guitars, showing us what the Manchester music scene would sound like if it didn’t rain for three quarters of the year! It is certainly a treat, as a fellow townsman (or woman?), to hear the northern twang cut through the summertime sounds. That’s not to say that the album is focused upon one area of their musical influence, however. ‘Magnetic Anywhere’ and ‘Hindsight’ produce a far rockier side to add to their folky credentials, and both are accomplished with ease. Yet, it does not feel confused, as you imagine it would. It provides layers of sound and depths of influences that become increasingly rewarding with every listen. It seems impractical to pin this album, and this band, down to one generic label.

Each track on the album feels effortless yet constructed. Like a carefully considered piece of art flowing naturally from brain to hand. This is aided by the gentle emotive nature of each track, complete with beautiful harmonies, creating almost a personal emotional journey as the album develops. Stand out tracks ‘The Horizon, Me and You’ and opener/ future single ‘Fairweather Friends’, whilst seemingly musically different, personify The Travelling Band’s ability to produce something remarkable seemingly with ease. If you only listen to a couple of tracks from the album, I would urge that it be those two. Of course, the album is far more rewarding as a whole, as if created for the pre-shuffle generation. But this does not discredit them; they will be firm favourites on the festival circuit with their instantly likeable sing-a-long anthems. One thing that does strike me about this album is that its enjoyment would definitely be enhanced by a live performance. A perfect summer soundtrack.

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