Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard are set to release their latest five-track EP, Sunclouds on the 7th of April 2014. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut double A side single, ‘This Is What/Who Are You?’, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax.
Taking influence from the likes of Parquet Courts, Bloc Party, Yuck, Pavement and Pixies, 28 Boulevard have coined a sound that would doubtlessly sit quite comfortably in CBGB’s in ’77, but brings to the table an exciting contemporary edge.
Amassing a fanbase spanning the UK, after a five date tour hitting cities such as Birmingham, Cardiff and Brighton, 28 Boulevard are fast making a name for themselves and gaining a rapidly growing following.
“It’s times like this that make me happy you’re alive, but that’s a secret of mine,” confesses singer, Tim Lloyd-Kinnings in lead single, ‘Electric Feet’ between infectious cooing vocals and the crunch of a sludgey guitar hook as the band explore the complexities of relationships amongst Alex Turner-esque social commentary. Hints of ‘70s punk subtly protrude through the very seams of Electric Feet both musically and lyrically; “Ahhhhhhh, it’s boring” groans Lloyd-Kinnings like a younger John Lydon, while ‘Fare Thee Well’ combines the one-minute-forty-five-second urgency of The Ramones with an irresistible anthemic chorus that is both painfully current and instantly likeable.
With intelligent time signatures and beautifully crafted guitar riffs spread generously throughout, the band’s debut EP is a gleaming representation of their effortless songwriting abilities and diversity, switching from rampant rock to lazy surf pop, each track varying from the next. Charismatic, thoughtful and confident, this concise collection of five musical gems feels like the Cambridge group’s springboard to widespread recognition.
28 Boulevard have returned with the independently recorded release Sunclouds to prove their mastery of musical styles and to continue their ever-growing popularity of the UK indie rock scene.