Released: 7th May 2012
Label: Something Nothing Records
Billy Vincent is a band that’s managed to have quite a bit of successful and well received EPs before releasing their first LP. King Island Coyote and Once On The Grand Union were both critically acclaimed with the band’s use of manipulating classic rock, folk and country sounds into an overall sound that’s different from the norm, but also very relatable. The London Quintet released debut album She at the start of the month, and it’s pretty darn good.
You’d think with the folk elements in there that the instrumentation and the overall sound would be rather upbeat and lovely, right? Well not for Billy Vincent. They have utilised the folk instruments to thicken up the dark, classic rock-style sound the band tend to play around with most, which really adds a unique twist to their sound. It certainly helps them stand out from the countless of other bands to come out of London.
They certainly have perfected it to blend in well with the other, standard instruments. They sound as emotional as the riffs, the hooks, and most definitely the vocals, oh my goodness the vocals. Billy Barratt and David Vincent are both credited with providing vocals but the way they can belt out the same amount of passion and emotion in their voices is astonishing. They make the songs sound so personal and intimate that I begin to feel as if I’m intruding on their alone time, it’s just an amazing display of vocal delivery, and really adds some depth to She.
She is an album to play during the times where you’re feeling a little sad, or want to feel sad. While it doesn’t necessarily drag you down with it, it’s great to see just how easily you become gripped on every single lyric sang. There are also moments where the instrumentations are a little more upbeat, but generally it’s good to stay away if you’re feeling pretty happy. The instrumentations are good, the songs are good, and overall it’s just a really good listen.