KIDS OFF THE ESTATE
“Kids Off The Estate” is the debut album released today by Sheffield indie rockers, The Reytons. This album follows on from the success of their previous EP “May Seriously Harm You and Others Around You”. We have been eagerly anticipating the release of this album which was originally due to be released back in September, but was moved to November due to a production error. We were intrigued to see whether the delay had been worth the wait!
The Reytons with their energetic, high octane live performances and cracking catalogue of songs have gone from strength to strength in the past year alone and as such we had high expectations for the album.
Every track on this record is in your face.They come at you like a firearm, boom, boom boom, one hit after another. With each track not lasting more than 3 1/2 minutes, there’s no time for reflection as one song ends and the next one fires up.
First up is “Mind The Gap” a song filled with fuzzing, sonic guitar rifts and slapping bass notes, putting us in mind of early Arctic Monkeys, no bad thing at all. It’s a cracking start to the album for sure and it sets the tone perfectly.
The Reytons through their music seem to observe society, they deal with real issues such as boys nights out, relationships, being in debt, dodgy dealings, life on the poverty line, all wrapped up in indie punk rock melody. The rawness of the songs and the lyrics make it easy for the listener to identify with the music. Its story telling in music form an it’s undoubtedly an album of tracks for the everyman. We can all relate and whilst doing so we can sing along and bounce around.
The title track off the album ‘Kids Off The Estate’ is a pure nostalgia trip depicting tales of innocence with a smudge of naughtiness that kids get up to while playing out with their mates. Its rousing track that goes down a storm live.
‘Car Crash’ is a huge track. Its got a definite anthem quality to it with its heavy, electrifying guitar rifts. We can totally see this track being a festival favourite with the fans next year.
‘Sales Pitch For The Bus Fare Home’ shows a fun, cheeky side to the band; another reflection of their want to have fun with their music.
Front man of the band Johnny Yerrell describes the band as “Just 4 lads, 4 mates getting together and making music.” and this really comes across. This is a feel good, rocking indie album that has the ability to resonate with the masses in a not so dissimilar fashion to that of their forefathers, Arctic Monkeys.
The Reytons have released a documentary to coincide with the release of the album entitled ‘Becoming The Reytons’ which showcases footage of their journey to date spanning over the past five years. These lads are so grounded despite their obvious success and as in proof of this they have also recently announced over their social media channels that they are looking for an up and coming act to support them on stage at The Plug in Sheffield, the very stage where it all began for them. Sharing the love. Amazing work lads xx
1/MIND THE GAP
3/ EXPECTATIONS OF A FOOL
4/ SALES PITCH FOR THE BUS FARE HOME
5/ NOTHING TO DECLARE
6/ SLICE OF LEMON
7/ CAR CRASH
8/ LOW LIFE
9/ WHAT YOU FIGHTING FOR
10/ BROKE BOYS CARTEL
13/ TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
14/ KIDS OF THE ESTATE
WORDS by THE SONGBIRD HQ