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Theatre Royal You Sleep EPMedlar Records
Article written by
Kev W - Jun 4, 2015
Described rather nicely as "a treat between meals", one of the Medway towns finest exports, Theatre Royal, drop a new EP just in time for summer while they continue work on their fourth album. One track from last year's excellent 'We Don't Know Where We Are' LP is given a reworking, the galloping 'Until The Morning After' has a touch of The Waterboys about it, and it's not the first time that comparison has been used in describing the band's work. They have more than one trick up their sleeves though, as the more anthemic and gritty title-track vents its spleen about the working practices of bad politicians. Despite the lyrical content, it's actually a rather sunny and melodic tune with plenty of Beatles harmonies.
Mike Scott could have been involved in 'Days Grow Hotter' too, an upbeat number that shows a more optimistic side in its theme. As usual it reaffirms Theatre Royal as songwriters of a very high calibre. Bowing out with the downbeat but quite beautiful 'Blue Teardrops', the fun and occasional anger of the previous three tracks makes way for something far more pensive but stately with it, continuing their ongoing theme of referencing their estuary location by referring to rivers and oceans. 'You Sleep' might be a stopgap of sorts, but never does it fail to reach the high standards that this group have set for themselves over the past few years.