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‘Along The Old Straight Track’ debut album from The Leylines - powerful meaning by the bucket-full

(July 21, 2016)

Folk rock has splintered into as many primarily pointless definitions as any other form of musical expression. Folk punk defines slightly tighter but forge a sound from elements of both and any restrictive classification is rendered meaningless. However, Leylines-Colour-Coverwhat does come with powerful meaning by the bucket-full is the high-energy, gutsy sound and scythe-sharp lyrics that pour out of ‘Along The Old Straight Track’ the debut album from The Leylines.

Folk, rock, punk or just the in-your-face manifestation of obsessive passion, political paroxysm, fervent excitement and a craving to communicate? Whatever it is, it’s voracious and ready to devour anything that gets in its way ... and that doesn’t mean you should expect simply ‘thrash and bash’ ... these message move through break-neck savagery to heart-piercing commentary. There’s the self-examining, violin embellished ‘My Own Worst Enemy’, the perpetual hope and escape from reality of ‘Sat In A Field’, the fatalistic drive of ‘Sorry My Friends’ and the open but pain-filled honesty of ‘Save Your Soul’. The overall effect may prompt comparisons with other practitioners of the genre, my advice is don’t go there, focus on the creativity of The Leylines, absorb the veracities and candour within songs like ‘Things I Know’, ‘Run For Cover’ and ‘For Queen And Country’ with its traumatic truths laid bare ... and definitely leave the CD turning for the potent voice and violin coda.

Sometimes angry punk, occasionally reflective folk, often challenging and heartfelt, ‘Along The Old Straight Track’ certainly makes its point from passionate persuasion to taking no prisoners.

The Leylines are Steve Mitchell (vocals, guitar) Matt Wilkins (guitar) Pete Fealey (bass), Dave Burbidge (drums) and Hannah Johns (violin).

Find The Leylines here: www.theleylinesmusic.co.uk

Review: Tim Carroll

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