With artists like The Stone Roses, The Strokes and Noel Gallagher all making 2015 their year for musical comebacks, it might seem just that bit harder for those smaller bands to make their name. However, the Britpop fuzz of Buckinghamshire indie rockers The Repeat Offenders hasn’t gone unnoticed. Their latest three track EP Just Be Yourself offers a sound so large that it’s seen the band already being compared to some of these musical greats.
Immediately drawing likeness to the opening of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’, The Repeat Offenders offer us a taste of organised chaos through the opening track ‘900 Times’. Lead singer Andrew Ruddick’s caustic vocals dash within the noise of contrastingly joyous guitar melodies to create the ultimate 90s throwback.
If we’re talking about nostalgia, then it doesn’t come across any stronger than in ‘Days To Live’. Dissonant chimes echo through both the major and minor ends of the sonic spectrum before coming to meet again during the purely hypnotic psychedelic guitar riff. Full of angst and yearning, the repetitive cries of “Wont you take me away” show a slightly more demoralised side of the band, whilst still retaining their apathetic rock ‘n’ roll image.
Bringing the EP to a close, ‘Take It Down’ in fact defies what its title would otherwise suggest. Instead of gently bringing us down and leaving us to stew over the music, The Repeat Offenders take it up to a total high with possibly the most fervent rhythm of the whole collection. It’s certainly a way to leave your listeners pent up and wanting more.
It’s clear that missing the initial release date was worth it to produce a record packed with fire, energy and emotion. Just Be Yourself is available to buy from the band’s Pledge page.