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The Lids - I'm So Bleak (Track Review + Interview)

The Lids are a 3 piece band based out of Leicester, leading a charge to destroy indie music and all of your pre conceptions surrounding it. Their previous single "Delectable" is one of the best underground rock anthems I've ever heard, perfectly catchy in its own right. But not only this, on the one opportunity I've had to see them live they commanded the stage, filled the room and made it shake. It's safe to say they are one of the most exciting new bands out there.

And here is their new single "I'm So Bleak" a perfect representation of everything that makes The Lids so engaging and exciting. The lyrics are perfectly relateable and the tune is the complete opposite, an over-joyous occasion, the difference between this song compared to their previous ones as well it just how polished and clean it is - this does take away from the rawness of their sound a little but but ultimately I think they're better off for it.

Question. “I'm So Bleak" feels like a perfection of your sound, how important is it to you to keep bettering yourself?
The Lids:
For us, I don’t think we will ever perfect a sound, nor would we want to, purely for the reason that we like to bring in different influences and styles to our music which makes it hard to perfect the sound. What this sort of mindset does give us is plenty of room to play around by writing songs with different sounds, whether we want to write a fairly simple and upbeat song like “I’m So Bleak”, or a more complex song with many more influences and sounds such as our previous release “delectable”. It’s nice to get the recognition and praise for our songs and this one in particular with you saying that we have ‘perfected our sound’, which is massive for us, but our sound is something that we’re hoping to always change, which will hopefully mean that people won’t just get used to one sound.

Q. What are the thoughts and feelings behind "I'm So Bleak"?
The Lids:
We love to play it live because it is a very raw song in terms of it being very basic, and the recording being pretty much the exact same as how we originally wrote the song to be, which is nice. We’re excited for the release of it too because, again, we feel like it is different to every other song that we have released which keeps things fresh and keeps every release exciting for us.

Q. The lyrics are quite dark, is that why you chose to have a lighter instrumental?
The Lids:
Usually when I write the lyrics, I just sort of go for what sounds good in the song rather than relating it something. This song was somewhat similar, but I wrote the lyrics with a certain awareness for the music. It’s a very upbeat song, and although the lyrics in the verses are quite dark, the chorus is more about having a mentality of not really caring about things and certain situations, and just trying to enjoy things and have a laugh even when stuff isn’t going your way.

Q. What was the hardest thing about making this track?
The Lids:
Making This track wasn’t particularly hard just for the reason that when we wrote it, like I mentioned earlier, it felt very organic and easy to write. I suppose the hardest thing was trying not to over-do the recording by adding things in that didn’t need to be added in. We wanted to keep it very natural and raw, and I feel like we managed to achieve that.


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