The London group chew through the fat of 21st century guitar music to deliver a lean and limber art rock cut.
Words: Karl Johnson | Photo: Will Reid
If you know of Legss, you’ll know that they’ve never been ones to overindulge or overcook their sound. As they return with new single Hyde Park Coroner, the London quartet feel more urgent and dynamic than ever. Lyricist Ned Green wraps us up in a whirlwind of anxiety-laden storytelling glued to a backdrop of barbed guitar parts and dramatic builds that shudder between atmospheric and nightmarish.
The band don’t sidestep uncomfortable societal truths, in fact they offer their own vision of the division painted across buses and tabloids, on this occasion they drag a very British sense of romance out of the seemingly dark and mundane. Hyde Park Coroner offers something off-kilter and anthemic, pulling the rug out from under you just as you start to indulge in the euphoria of their perfect building blocks of sound. On the subject of the release, vocalist Ned Green offers insight, “a welterweight, advantageous, snake oil coroner, drunk on yesterday’s sacramental wine, presides over a ghostly whodunnit, fit with harmonic episodes of subterranean love, and a synth line to raise the dead to.”
The London group chew through the fat of 21st century guitar music to deliver a lean and limber art rock gem. They join Norweigian art-rock outfit Pom Poko on tour this September, including a date at London’s Village Underground.