One band that’s never felt the need to bow to mainstream pressure (and has stayed close to my heart as a result) is Brighton’s brotherly combo, The Electric Soft Parade.
While some bands unashamedly switch styles and follow short-lived trends in pursuit of a hit, ESP have spent the last five years being shunned and ignored in favour of more fashionable bands with more headline grabbing potential – although not for the quality of their songs.
The White brothers’ latest EP, Misunderstanding, sees them hitting the guitar pop highs of their debut album, Holes In the Wall. It’s two parts Britpop with one part Weezer’s Island In the Sun and a sprinkling of Teenage Fanclub – and if this can’t summon summer, nothing can.
An Exclusive iTunes version of the EP includes covers of The Beatles’ Across the Universe and Billy MacKenzie’s Blue It Is. The album No Need to Be Downhearted is out now on Truck Records.