Artist: Arabian Chatline
Track: Lions & Tigers
Genres: Indie / Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Arabian Chatline is an exceptionally talented young unsigned band deriving from Bridgwater, Somerset. This Alternative Indie Rock band comprise of members: Ben Toomer on Vocals and Bass, Max Mees on Guitars, Josh Redman-Thomas also on Guitars and George Richards on Drums. This dynamic fresh Rock band are one of the most hotly tipped in the south west delivering exciting dazzling tunes which are a delight to the ear. Ben on lead vocals has a beautiful tone to his voice and has a very interesting British sound whom I can aliken to Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals.
The 4 piece band from Somerset formed in 2009 and uses the modern technological influences to distribute their music to the masses and expand their ever growing fan base via the usual social media sites. Popularity grew in 2011 and the year got off to a good start with various small gigs and intimate parties, which were held in places such as Spaxton, Combwich and Taunton and played with other popular local bands from the Bridgwater and Bristol area such as Why Kill Ian?, A Tale Of Two Cities, New York City Cops, Out For Tomorrow and The Splash. This evidently widened AC’s fan base which was heightened with the highlight of the year being a Czech Tour in October of last year, an amazing and knowledgeable experience for Ben, Max, Josh and George both musically and intellectually and therefore have become inspiring for young bands wanting to pursue music.
Arabian Chatline released their debut single ‘Lions & Tigers’ earlier this year and it is an extraordinarily potent piece of music with an original and definitive sound there isn’t anything to dislike about this band, the track flows flawlessly producing a tremendously tight composition whilst being enjoyably encapsulating.
‘Lions & Tigers’ begins with a tremendous introductory guitar riff which flows seamlessly into the opening vocals of the track; being an inviting introduction for the listener. Ben Toomer on lead vocals opens with the enticing lyrics: ‘All open your mind to prove that every dog has its day. Un-open packages will unravel to show your pimp a holiday’. From the onset Arabian Chatline entwine interesting and dynamic lyrics into the song showcasing their natural talent as musicians. As the track continues the riffs continue to allure the listener with tight drum beats accompanying the guitars perfectly, the multitude of layers within the track develop ‘Lions & Tigers’ into an exceptional composition with great vocal tone and range producing awesome melodies. This young quartet construct irresistibly atmospheric music that evokes excitement instantaneously, they create an unusual and brilliant sound and portray an intriguing quirkiness, can’t recommend Arabian Chatline enough, prove to be exceptional songwriters and lyricists as well as excellent with their instrumentation.
As the track continues the percussion and in particular the drum beat itself could do with having more punch, just to have more of an impact within the song otherwise it tends to fade into becoming obsolete. A couple of minor tweaks to the song such as the riff towards the latter part of ‘Lions & Tigers’ would be even more impressive if they wacked up the compression on the outro and the rest is faultless in my opinion.
There is something about Arabian Chatline and their debut single ‘Lions & Tigers’ that gets under your skin, like a virus. You will most certainly have this tune stuck in your head and will be singing it by the end of the track. I’m very much expecting them to release the debut album in the upcoming months; I’m extremely excited about this Alternative Rock group and urge you to listen to this track. AC is most definitely ones to watch in 2012 and eagerly anticipate what delightful little gems they will release for us to listen to next.
Similar Artists: Bombay Bicycle club, Foals, Incubus, The Maccabees, Radiohead.
‘Lions & Tigers’ is available to buy exclusively on bandcamp now.