A Single Review

When you think of Cornwall, images of family holidays, fishing boats and sandcastles may enter your head. A wave of nostalgic comfort perhaps may take you to a time where everything was simple and pure. However, times change and Cornish Surf-Punk 4-piece “Blue River” are making sure were all paying close attention with their new song “Tetsuo”.

These boys are really putting their town on the map with a career that’s growing faster than my squad’s hatred for me on Warzone (and they really don’t like me). Despite only forming three years ago, they have already made their way onto the Boardmasters stage as well as being played on Radio 1 and Radio X. These lads really seem to be going places.

The new track Tetsuo focuses on the issues of Climate change and attempts to open the listener’s eyes and ears to the effects that we as humans are having on our environment. The use of rich metaphors within the verse such as “save me baby let me go, your eyelids darling you should close” which according to the bands lead singer Perran Nicholls shows peoples blindness to the Earth ‘Screaming “Save me” ’. The boys seem determined to combat the sleepy holiday home stereotype that surrounds Cornwall which they have truly freed themselves of with this culturally aware and thought provoking track.

The dramatic imagery found in the fuzzed vocals and intricate lyrics lends itself seamlessly to the grand instrumentals that stomp rhythmically resembling the sounds of a protest march, once again reinforcing the imagery of the angry and socially aware youth. One of the things that is immediately identifiable about the track is the moody, Lo-Fi sound that is present from start to finish. This creates an eerie sense of foreboding that keeps the listener on edge throughout.

Overall, a heavy bop with a heavier message executed to degree of a band far more experienced. The boys seem wise beyond their years and have fully encompassed the punk spirit. I’m very excited to see what they do next.



Review written by Ben Greenhalgh