The South East London band unleash raging new single.
NEW MUSIC | NORMAL AVERAGE PEOPLE | WORDS BY LAURA PEGLER
Born in a South East London bedroom and recorded live in a hidden warehouse space, newcomers Normal Average People have embraced the DIY ethos of their neighbouring post-punk associates with the release of second straight-talking single ‘Baggy Ankles’.
In keeping with the sentiments that their band name suggests, ‘Baggy Ankles’ paints a shaded grey narrative, capturing the lives of each deadbeat character parading the same street as our discontented raconteur-cum-frontman, Sam Gillbanks. As the melody progresses at a steady trundling pace, we morph into Gillbanks’ heel-dragging, hood-up footsteps.
The immense effect of the live aesthetic arrives as we reach the climatic bridge, full-bodied guitar sounds echo from the walls of the Peckham warehouse in which it was recorded. In contrast to the singer’s previously untamed vocal exclamations, Gillbanks’ melodious vocal delivery finds a dynamic groove, before unleashing a final burst of uncut exhilarating energy.
Normal Average People showcases the new London duo’s grittier songwriting abilities without compromising a keen attention to detail. ‘Baggy Ankles’ marks the second in a four-part release of live single recordings, the band have certainly caught our attention.