single review ~ a northern light ~ "kill it"

Since their formation at the turn of the decade three piece alternative rock band "A Northern Light" adopted a strict "DIY" mentality, concentrating on developing an authentic and original sound that didn't necessarily flow with the status quo of the "Little Solidarity" movement they developed under. Several EP's, high profile gigs (which include support slots for the likes of Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and The Cribs) and radio airplay later has led to the launch of their latest single "Kill It".  Taylor Johnson had a listen...

'A Northern Light' are a band that have gathered a dedicated and significant fan-base, particularly over the last few years. Their dedication to touring and consistent flow of EP and single releases has helped to establish them as one of the many promising alternative rock bands emerging in the wake of local success stories, such as A Plastic Rose, who have helped to pioneer the indie movement. More significantly, however, it's A Northern Lights insistence on always producing songs with little influence from anyone other than themselves which has made their progression more interesting. Songs such as "The Right Thing To Do", with catchy choruses, incorporating a brass element to intertwine with screeching guitars proving instantly recognisable. Which is why I was extremely pleased to find new single "Kill It" take this original,exciting formula and elevate it to new heights.

Easily the bands most accomplished song to date, "Kill It" opens with an ambient synth rhythm, almost Depeche Mode-esque,  as the opening line of the chorus is gently echoed over proceedings. As the songs verse begins to fade in, a real sense of anticipation is established, aided by the military style drumming of Omar Hassine. The upbeat and punchy nature of the verses immediately drive things forward, with Darren Doherty's confident and passionate vocal delivery giving the song real purpose.

The songs high tempo is typified by a drum roll, which when coupled with an almost violin sounding synth, adds a grand orchestral feel which builds to a chorus worthy of being belted out by a sea of raised arms. The softly spoken "Okay, so let's pretend we're alone", showing an emotional fragility that adds a raw edge. A soaring brass section compliments the indie guitars to produce a vivacious and emotive climax.

This song could so easily be an anthem for the downhearted. The instant urge felt to sing the chorus out loud and lose all inhibitions leaves an almost therapeutic effect. You can't help but feel a little more inspired after hearing it.

Beautifully written, lyrically potent and above all, authentically A Northern Light.

If they continue to write songs of this calibre, their highly anticipated debut album may elevate them from a potential success story, to one of Belfasts biggest exports.

Review by ~ Taylor Johnson

Watch the official video here
Check out more from A Northern Light here & the official Soundcloud here

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