TRACK REVIEW: SHAKE IT BY THE VEGAN LEATHER

By Dominic V. Cassidy  (@lyre_of_apollo)

Paisley disco-ish outfit The Vegan Leather are back, with their new single Shake It, which was dropped on March 17th on Spotify. The song perfectly exemplifies and moves forward from the high-intensity lyrics and disco dance tunes heard on their EP from 2015 – This House.

The song kicks off to a smooth synth piano, and gets immediately into the meat of the lyrics, singing of a failing relationship. Vocalists Gianluca and Marie’s voices come together perfectly, hitting out with personal lyrics that do not take away from the perfect disco beat, with lyrics like “I do not want this anymore, paper peeling off the walls, I can’t shake this, I can’t shake,”. The band perfectly communicate their live presence in this single, loud and constant, ready to make one want to get up and dance to the infectious noise.

The song writing in Shake It seems much more direct than other tracks previously released by the band, very much exploring a more professional vibe to the track, however the dichotomy between the somewhat sad lyrics and the super upbeat music works fantastically for the song in a stylistic sense. Upon first listen it is likely the lyrics would be missed, but it is upon the inevitable repeated listens that you start to see real depth to the music; creating an interesting song that demands to be heard.

It is clear that The Vegan Leather are on their way up, with good press coverage in publications like The Skinny, The Daily Record, and The Scotsman, and regular gigs in Glasgow, including playing Celtic Connections and a sold out club night at Broadcast. And with a new EP in the works, it is likely more energetic, high-intensity disco tunes are just around the bend.

The single is fantastic pop record that definitely shows the great things to come, the song is hopefully a trailer if you will of the upcoming, as of yet untitled Vegan Leather EP.

9/10

If you fancy giving the band some support you can find them on facebook as well as twitter. The Vegan Leather play the Wide Days Showcase at Liquid Room on 21 Apr.


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