With the release of their debut track still in the rearview mirror, the London-based indie four-piece of Ed, Marlon, Lucien and Greg, or Sterling Press as a unit, are back with their gritty follow-up, the quintessentially British banger, "Lots of Noise."
Harbouring explosive, raucous energy on both efforts thus far, their boisterous, adolescent charm is truly infectious, and with this equally as dynamic second effort, their garage rock tinted aesthetic offers a new dimension of their already distinct sound. "We spent the first lockdown delving deep into bands like the Specials," offers Marlon in an email statement. "Like those ska tunes, we wanted a fast pace song that gets going quickly and keeps up the intensity.”
That extra shade of flair is apparent from as soon as you hit play, coming through in the same manner as the iconic records that cemented their place in history. The ska upstroke sets a head-nodding rhythm to the verse as the swaggering vocal purveys a lyricism that both romanticises and injects a sense of fun to the humdrum of everyday life in England, in a poetic fashion that recalls the works of The Libertines.
"The track is really about a character who's based on someone we know," elucidates Lucien in the same statement. "It all came from the experience that they had and the song developed from there. At its core, it’s about dreaming of something bigger whilst being stuck in something small.”
Speaking of something bigger, heady harmonies prelude the huge, addictive and singalong chorus that accelerates the track towards a dizzying, packed crowd-ready performance. Clearly written with their newfound audience in mind, they masterfully play with the adrenaline-pumping dynamics. Past the second chorus, it reaches a new plateau that dissolves into a tender acoustic iteration of the same passage, on to truly knock "Lots of Noise" out of the park with a high-intensity, eponymous conclusion.