Artist: The Boy Least Likely To
Title: Follow Your Heart Somewhere
Label: Too Young To Die
The Boy Least Likely To release Follow Your Heart Somewhere the first single from their forthcoming album. Four years on from their last album and twelve years since the release of their seminal debut album The Best Party Ever, The Boy Least Likely To explode back into their hearts of pop fans the world over with their brand new single Follow Your Heart Somewhere.
As a dirty fuzzed up guitar riff crunches into gear it’s immediately obvious this is very much a refreshed and reinvigorated version of The Boy Least Likely To we’re listening to, before the intro makes way for some blissfully summery C86 indebted soul funk. Strongly influenced by the independent bands of the 1980s, the song brings to mind the post punk playfulness of Altered Images, Haircut 100 and Orange Juice while drawing on the more unlikely influences of Van Halen and Def Leppard. This is sublime and heartfelt pop music with ironically understated and reflective lyrics lending more than a little hint of sadness to this instant indie dancefloor classic.
“It’s about getting older and coming to terms with the way your life has turned out, the things you wished you’d done but haven’t and the things you wished you hadn’t done but did. It’s about growing apart from someone you’ve been with for a long time and looking back on the way you were when you started out, wondering where it all went wrong and what’s going to happen next.”
The band play The Lexington in London for The Line Of Best Fit on Monday 24th April.
The band, made up of Peter Hobbs and Jof Owen, met when they were still at school and grew up together in the middle of the English countryside in the small Buckinghamshire village of Wendover. They spent their teenage years scouring countryside car boot sales for rare Denys seven inches and Lee Hazelwood albums. Reading Carson McCullers, Anne Sexton and Smash Hits magazines. Watching John Hughes films and old videos of Top of the Pops. All the time putting together a collection of weird and wonderful instruments found in second hand shops, craft fairs and the Early Learning Centre. They released their debut album, The Best Party Ever, in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim, making more than its fair share of best-of lists that year. They were in Rolling Stone’s top ten bands of 2006 and The Best Party Ever was in the Rough Trade shop top 10 albums, as well as making it into Pitchfork’s top 50 albums of the year, who described the album as “a thing of wonder”. Be Gentle With Me became, like Young Folks or Paper Planes, one of those breakthrough songs that lent itself to a myriad of contexts. From Greys Anatomy to the trailer for Juno, from Coca Cola to car adverts, with their trademark glockenspiels and banjos, the songs from that first album have remained in the public consciousness through television and film syncs and placements, long after the album’s release.
The band’s second album The Law Of The Playground, resonated just as quickly as the first, with Stringing Up Conkers featuring in an Apple iPhone advert and When Life Gives Me Lemons on the soundtrack to the hit Emma Stone movie, Easy A. Between then and now they released a Christmas album and their fourth studio album The Great Perhaps.
These are dark times for a world caught up in political turbulence and worldwide economic uncertainty; it feels like we’ve never needed The Boy Least Likely To and their brand of wide-eyed indie pop more. After all, no other band manages to sound quite so joyful and quite so afraid of modern life all at the same time.
This is the first single from their fifth album, to be released in the Autumn.
“The Boy Least Likely To’s child’s eye perspective on English anorak pop, sunny west coast harmonies, Belle and Sebastian folk, country, and soul, is now certifiably theirs, just theirs.” – Pitchfork
“If all your childhood stuffed animals got together and started a band, it might sound like the boy least likely to.” – Rolling Stone
Sunday 16th April – Wales Goes Pop, Cardiff
Monday 24th April – The Lexington, London