If you have not heard of The Subways, they are an English indie rock band that appeared during the seventh episode of the third season of The O.C., "The Anger Management", performing two songs, "Rock & Roll Queen" and "Oh Yeah". Now remember? I didn’t because MTV (no longer Music Television in my eyes) is a waste of time unless your into celebrity reality shows. The bands debut album, Young For Eternity, was released on 4 July 2005 in the UK and February 14, 2006 in the US. Their second album, All Or Nothing, was released in June 2008. Although the band to have not experienced a great deal of commercial success, they have gained a very loyal cult following amongst attendees of the annual Reading and Leeds festivals, in which on each occasion they attracted a crowd big enough to fill the second stage tent beyond it´s capacity, resulting in becoming main stage mainstays, at the event. The band is releasing their current effort in the U.S. on August 25, entitled I Won’t Let You down.
It’s always difficult for a band to get better and better as time goes on, but these guys manage to do so very well. Singer Billy Lunn’s went through vocal surgery, then the in-studio break-up of the guitarist and bass-playing childhood sweetheart Charlotte Cooper, the trio’s difficulties seem to just be piling up. This album must have been the outlet for the guy and to say this album is packed with great numbers is an understatement. You will hear verses like “Those days are dead and gone/And in time we all move on” or I scream and shout/I’m lost for words”. So you get the idea of what’s going on. The beauty of the record is the band hasn’t just made a solid record, but they make glory of three chords and distortion pedals still possible in this digital age. Check them out.