lostboy sticks it to the man on his new release ‘Bad News’: a gloriously upbeat and politically charged Pop-Indie anthem enriched with anti-conformist attitude. Alongside his trio of pals from the city of Sheffield, lostboy glided his way into the indie-rock sphere back in 2019. Bad News’ refreshingly youthful sound has received industry recognition from the likes of Spotify and BBC Introducing since its debut on February 17th.
Through Bad News, lostboy harnesses a Pop-Indie sound reminiscent of Catfish and the Bottlemen. Compiled with electric guitars, fast drums and boldly metallic triangles, the infectiously cheerful rhythm of Bad News ignites a feeling of hope and excitement for better times ahead. The song maintains a steady but sprightly percussion throughout, complimented by lostboy’s boyishly sharp vocals.
Most notably, Bad News is a song that acknowledges the current climate of the world. By recognising the mental fragility of the population, lostboy creates a song that deeply resontates. The outspoken lyrics perfectly encapsulate the attitude of a nation exhausted by depressing headlines and, of course, bad news. Characterised by lines such as “don’t want to hear about it” and “keep your bad news to yourself”, Bad News expresses the global desperation for the return to positivity and “normal” life.
Bad News is a tune that deserves a shining spot on all our summer playlists. lostboy’s forthright lyrics combined with the joyful melody creates a paradox of sound that is a treat for the ear.
Words: Hazel Thayre