|The Footage are a new London-based 5-piece claiming to have written 500 songs. Despite this exaggeration, the output from Matt Joyce (songwriter and keyboardist) is prolific. Tom Joyce and Toby Brack share the singing and guitar duties without Libertinesesque petulance, Kimon Daltas plucks and slaps a double bass, drummer Stuart Earl completes the line-up. Lyrically strong (throwing in literary mentions and quotes), their songs cover a variety of styles ranging from early Jam to Randy Newman.
Grooves is one of the better tracks on here which, with repeated listens, will get you wanting to get your groove on. Any song that finishes with Fee fi fo fum is likely to raise a smile. Other highlights include Voting For The King, an acoustic pop song about trying not to fall in love with a "kid I barely know", and Knothing, which reminisces about lost innocent love in North London using harmonies, keyboards and maracas to delicately and charmingly plead "oh won't you have it be?" The EP closes with the soul of Arizona and Air Turns Enemy, evoking a guitar-gospel feel as they recommend booking the Black Panthers' Gospel Choir.
The Footage integrate funky Stooges-like baselines with insightful lyrics and harmonies to create a surprisingly clean and solid vocal-led sound. Considering this is only a demo with the right producer at the helm these boys could be on to something.