9th September || Bethan Shuff
Over the past year, ALMA have been finding their feet, securing their line-up and searching for their sound. They’ve found it.
Plug In/Plug Out crackles and distorts its way through the speakers until the melodic guitars start to break through the noise. Young producer and Fears Chella frontman Andy Gannon worked his magic on this intro for the ALMA lads.
James Whitehurst behind the kit, a funky beat created with a brass drum builds up the intro and wavey guitars drop into a dirty, distorted riff. This is nothing like their previous releases; their EP ‘Last Orders’ was full of young, teenage angst, where their last single Help Me was chilled out and cool. Plug In/Plug Out proves ALMA have grown, matured and developed their sound into something dangerously cool and modern, experimenting with different sounds and making their mark in the local music scene.
‘Plug me in / Plug me out / Do what you want to’ the catchiest of choruses over the contagious dream pop, grungy guitar of Sam Fieldhouse with Ross Litherland’s subtle deep bass. Jack Kennedy’s vocals are so fresh and relaxed; he tells me the track is ‘about people moving in and out of your life, quite literally as if they plugged themselves in and out whenever it suits them. We feel like that is something people experience, especially in our later teenage years.’
I keep seeing ALMA go from strength to strength, and they’ve really hit the nail on the head with Plug In/Plug Out. You can catch it live at The Exchange tonight, Saturday 9th September for their headline gig, with support from Plastic, The Overcast and Spoil Sport. You’d be a fool to miss it.