The Novus release ‘Man on the Bridge’ – Vinyl Available!
Believe it or not, we’re now in July. That gig-shaped hole in your heart isn’t going to be filled by festivals either, but at least there’s some damn good music coming out at the moment.
Stourbridge quartet The Novus have followed their last single ‘Frosty‘ with latest track ‘Man on the Bridge’, which also marks their debut on 7″ vinyl. Put together by the band in their van on the way back from a gig in Camden, it was inspired by a man they say “dancing his heart out by the bridge at Camden Lock” – after a few listens of this track (and a pint or two) we might be joining him.
“The man on the bridge is doing a dance” sings vocalist Connor Hill in sprightly tones. There’s something of The Blinders in the post-punk feel of the track, perhaps combined with a drop of high-octane 2000s indie through Euan Woodman’s pulsating drums.
It has a kind of psychedelic sound, full of mesmerising riffs and of course the ever-catchy chorus. It has the mainstream appeal of indie disco classics like The Killers’ ‘Somebody Told Me’, but remains underground enough to please punk purists. It’s more energetic than some of their previous work, not losing the art-punk vibe we’re used to, however – though this is more pronounced on B-side ‘Castaway’, a sprawling garage-goth treat which proves to be an ideal accompaniment for the single.
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The Novus have been going from strength to strength, and ‘Man on the Bridge’ shows them continuing to grow and evolve their sound. You can listen to the new release on Spotify here:
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