Mile End sucks. There’s nothing there apart from students vomiting into the canal and a pub run by homophobes. It’s pretty much as terrible as that Pulp song suggests. It looks, however, as through this East London enclave’s luck is about to change. The area has given birth to the mighty Torches whose sound is thoroughly encapsulated in this brand spanking new video.
For one thing, the video itself is just gorgeous. Two teenage boys with very freshly cut hair frolic and run across fields in a homage to suburban boredom and beauty. A pleasing colour palette fills the first minute of ‘Sky Blue & Ivory’ before Charlie Drinkwater’s vocal thrusts itself to the forefront of this drum-driven anthem. Think Wild Beasts with a touch of London cool.
Flowers rain on the two awkward boys faces whilst Torches manage to wield their baritone and organ coupling with confidence. This track makes a b-line straight for your internal organs – if your heart ain’t all a-flutter by the end of your first listen then something’s wrong.
The single ‘Sky Blue & Ivory’ will be available for you to own from the 23rd of July. By that point you’ll probably have already been to see Torches light up The Shacklewell Arms (12th July) and The Sebright Arms (26th July). The former is a Clash Music shindig and the latter is their Single Release Party. I also have a suspicion that Torches really enjoy playing venues with limbs in their names.
- Suzie McCracken