After months of international gigging and well deserved hype, Glasgow four-piece For Abel releases ‘Yorkshire’, the new single from the lauded debut album, Greater Intentions.
‘Yorkshire’ is a lyrical critique of the current government, comparing Britain to Yorkshire in 1989.
The song opens with a sharp, crunchy yet upbeat riff and hissy percussion along with accented vocals.
Moving through the track the lilting vocals tell the tale of broken promises, soaring unemployment and social injustice with a poetic edge.
This lyricism helps the track retain a refreshing degree of originality and more importantly, avoid the clichés of political indie songwriting.
At the chorus the punchy percussion, soaring riffs and bounding bassline rise together to produce a warm melody with overtones of The Wedding Present.
This positive energy drives the track to its conclusion where the vocals end and the furiously simple riff, subtly laced with a wailing guitar, takes over.
Despite the tracks depressing subject matter ‘Yorkshire’ is a cheerful anthem in the making that takes traditional indie sounds and pushes them in exciting new directions.
Words: Catriona Reilly