Whistling feedback opens October Drift’s album of tremendous expectation.
Unmistakable drums fill the ears as Losing My Touch kicks in. The 2019 single and fan favourite sets up Forever Whatever to be an absolute corker of an album. Most recent single Oh The Silence follows introducing a more poppy melody, contrasting the song’s message. Both tracks so far set the tone of melancholy but hopefulness through gruff vocals and Sonic Youth-esque, reverb drenched guitars. Live staple, Cherry Red stomps through the brain, with lead vocalist Kiran displaying Cobain like vocals.
Just before the half-way mark October Drift allow the listener a slight breather with 90s indie sounding banger Don’t Give Me Hope. Kiran pines throughout, creating a sense of relatable loneliness, crooning away with Leonard Cohen effortlessness. Ferocious drums return Forever Whatever back to its unapologetic, midnight drive down a dirt track through confusion and helplessness; leading straight into The Cure’s back pocket with Just Got Caught. The grainy, lo-fi vocals give this tune an early 2000s presence, mixing British twang with the streets of New York.
Past the midway point October Drift begin to highlight their potential to sit comfortably at an outdoor headline set, strobe lights cutting through the moonlight, with the laid back Milky Blue introducing a dusky feel, before Cinnamon Girl furthers the claim that this album is perfect post-sunset.
Surprisingly, an acoustic guitar and piano takes the eardrums in Naked exercising October Drift’s previously unknown versatility. Kiran growls about his boredom and restlessness of life; Pinpointing everyone’s discomfort at growing older. The piano driven number soon introduces an orchestra, marrying together gruff vocals and baroque pop qualities, which sounds like a combination that should’ve always been.
Closing two tracks, title track, Forever Whatever and The Past get back to what October Drift do best; poppy melodies which could be heard on any charting tune over dirty, thick riffs straight from the 90s. The Past’s huge outro boasting lyrics that put an end to worrying about previous events, is the perfect way to conclude the band’s stellar debut album.
Forever Whatever is fantastic evidence of October Drift’s perpetually growing reputation of being one of the most exciting British bands around. Expect to see the four Taunton lads headline bigger shows, appear at countless festivals and become one of Britain’s finest bands in the coming years. This album really is meteoric.