Deep in the heart of South Yorkshire, The Losing Touch rise from an Irish pub in Barnsley to create their debut EP ‘Midnight Again’.
Formed in late 2018 by long-term friends and collaborators James Gilroy and Nevyn Stevenson, the band take a sceptical outlook on life whist sipping on Guinness and looking to write more honest songs that highlighted the pain and beauty in the minor things in life.
Well, they’ve certainly done that with this anthemic alt rock EP. Taking influences from everything from the Pogues to Nick Cave and Doves to Tom Waits, the resulting songs span stories of determination, love, death, alcoholism and more.
Opening track ‘There Must Be More’ it the most upbeat track out of the five. Its anthemic psych rock is a joyful listen as the melody progresses – it’s a well-produced and written song.
Gilroy’s predominant vocals are let loose on ‘That Age’ in a touching and emotional approach. You can see influences from everything from the Pogues to Nick Cave and Doves to Tom Waits. Then the EP moves into an atmospheric tone with ‘Save The Last One’, similar to what you’d expect on an Elbow track.
The final tracks ‘Change’ and ‘Midnight Again’ are slower burning rock tracks with again, the anthemic riffs, and bold vocals tones.
Overall, ‘Midnight Again’ doesn’t have anything that makes it special, but what it is, is a classic approach to alternative guitar rock which is rich in sound and meaning.