Indie four-piece, The Lapels have built up quite the list of accolades since their formation in 2018. Having sold out a number of headline shows, they went onto support Sleaford Mods and play 2 dates at Leicester’s O2 Academy. To top it off they gained airplay on BBC Introducing, allowing them to quickly spread their name throughout the midlands and beyond with just five singles under their belt. More importantly than being a band for them, they are a group of likeminded mates who live together in the heart of Nottingham, living and breathing the music that they create, which is no doubt testament to the prolific nature of their output.
Their latest single in question ‘Ordinary Girl’ and accompanying B Side ‘Come and Have A Go (Home Session)’ – which is a stripped rework of the bands debut single, was released at the beginning of May and is one of their most accomplished creations to date. Recorded at their home studio and mixed by George Shilling (Oasis, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene) sun kissed melodies and a Blur-esque rhythm section, vocalists 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.
The Lapels are:
Andy Lewis – Vocals // Guitar
Nathan Pointon – Vocals // Guitar
Will Sabey – Bass Guitar
Adam Bloor – Drums