Channelling the sounds from some of the greatest eras of raw rock and roll and untamed pop, The Blinding Lights have poured their hearts into the exhilarating new single, Can’t Get Enough. And we at Headliner think it's rather good.
The Harrow four-piece may have been growing up a good half-century after the R’n’R explosion, but they have embraced all that came before them, distilling the spirit, energy, and excitement of the maximum R&B of the '60s, delicious pop hooks, and the panoramic drama of Bruce Springsteen into their sound.
Can't Get Enough plots the tale of a young guy who gets a late night call from his amorous girlfriend summoning him to her place and, after a bus ride over, chronicles their encounter, describing how he is put through his paces to satisfy her throughout a night of raging passion. Wild, urgent and self-deprecating, it’s an electrifying ride (no pun intended...) and rather like the hot-blooded man in question, you probably can't get enough. Check it out below.
Written in early 2016 by bandleader Callum Lury, the track came about as he gorged on the songs of songwriter-producer Jim Steinman (the man behind Bat Out Of Hell and so much more), plus The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle-era Springsteen. Playing around with riffs which would not have been out of place in the golden era of Motown, and shaking it up with a top layer of Steinman-style piano lines, he took it to the rest of the band who worked it up into a frantic rumbling rhythm & blues number, given a further flourish with a horn arrangement to drive it along.
The Blinding Lights have been packing clubs around London (and beyond) for months, taking their name not from U2’s City of Blinding Lights as many may suspect, but as a nod to Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 song Blinded By The Light (later a chart hit for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band).
Something of a family affair, music graduate frontman, Callum (piano and vocals) is joined by his brothers Jack (lead/rhythm guitar) and Theo (drums and backing vocals) with the line-up completed by bassist and backing vocalist, Will Lord, the most recent recruit.
Each brings a different musical perspective: Callum was fired up by Ray Charles and The E Street Band’s Roy Bittan, after briefly toying with giving up the piano in his early teens; Theo draws from the styles of Ringo Starr, Max Weinberg, and Roger Taylor (Queen, rather than Duran Duran); Jack is a self-taught guitarist, whose influences include the eclectic mix of Nils Lofgren, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel,l and Lindsey Buckingham; and Will is steeped in jazz, while his listening habits take in not only the likes of John Coltrane, but Kendrick Lamar and David Bowie.
Together, they believe in the power of rock music. That ability to excite, to elevate and, even, to anger – but above all, to make you feel alive.
I Can’t Get Enough – which is released on November 4, 2016, was recorded at Park Studios JQ in Birmingham by a studio team which has worked with acts such as The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Who, and Peter Gabriel.