Nottingham four-piece, The Lapels have quickly spread their name throughout the midlands and beyond with BBC airplay, multiple sell out shows and high profile support slots; all with just five singles under their belt. We dissected the singles track by track, documenting their career so far:
Come and Have A Go/This Wretched Town – January 2019
 ‘Come and Have A Go’ is a tale of small town violence pioneered by The Who, The Jam et al and further popularised by noughties Arctic Monkeys. There is a real skill in romanticising what is ultimately a pretty archaic, pack-like type of chauvinism. The Lapels introduced themselves into the world of recording with their own take on it, appealing to a wide spectrum of guitar music fans, including mod revivalists and the away day masses. B-Side, ‘This Wretched Town’ expands on that mentality with an added sense of escapism, something that the band use as inspiration for a lot of their music as will become apparent throughout.

Notts In Your Hair/Get Your House In Order – March 2019
Despite being released only two months after the debut, ‘Notts In Your Hair’ had a noticeable shift in maturity, as they made use of more of a shoegaze style of sound. With guitar slides galore and the “La-La-La” outro, it’s unapologetically a Brit-Pop track at heart, which further expanded their appeal around The Midlands, allowing them to tap into more musical movements of past and present. B-Side ‘Get Your House in Order’ has elements of Motown, as the rhythm section doo-waps its way underneath some great vocal melodies, making it a fun song to nod along to.

Get In Lane/British Hall of Famer – August 2019
 With ‘Get In Lane’, they appeared to have upped their budget with a very well shot music video, portraying the band as the solid unit that they have increasingly evolved into with each release. The prolific hook writing continues with this track, as vocalist Andy Lewis repeats the chorus to the camera through rose tinted glasses. B-Side, ‘British Hall of Famer’ is an interesting track – there’s lyrics on existentialism that ever so slightly nod in the direction of Sergeant Pepper or Eleanor Rigby, but the frenetic drum work throughout is the highlight of the track as it pushes the dual melodies along to each beat, only briefly breaking off into half bar drum rolls to signify verse and chorus changes.

All Things Down to You/Take It or Leave It – March 2020
Of all of the choruses that The Lapels have produced so far, ‘All Things Down To You’ is arguably their best. An endearing music video captures the band in their element, messing about in the studio during the making of this song, and it’s a real testament to not only the work that they put in, but the fun that they have in doing so – which is what it should all be about. My personal favourite. 

Ordinary Girl/Come and Have a Go (Home Session) – May 2020
Their latest single ‘Ordinary Girl’ and accompanying B Side ‘Come and Have A Go (Home Session)’ – which is a rework of the debut single, was released at the beginning of May and is one of their most accomplished creations to date. With sun kissed melodies and a Blur-esque rhythm section, singers Nathan Pointon and Andy Lewis tell the existentialist story of an ‘Ordinary Girl’ who yearns for more. There’s a certain quotidian attention to detail in the verses that describe the Monday morning non-events such as “taking the bins out” which are then dismissed as the sway inducing chorus approaches – “She’d like to see her name up in lights, she’s not an Ordinary Girl”.
The song makes use of the better qualities of nostalgia in order to describe the ins and outs of bittersweet, late-teen philosophy.  
An extended instrumental outro allows the listener to get sentimental as the hazy guitar work fades out – The chorus stays with you long after the song has finished, which showcases their ability to write a catchy hook – not the easiest of tasks. With ‘Ordinary Girl’, The Lapels have produced a festival singalong anthem for sure. 





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