There’s something distinctly familiar and nostalgic about this band. Think Cast, The La’s and any other 90’s brit-pop and you’ll get the general idea here. The music is catchy, tight, and polished, but it’s hard to get excited about something that has been heard so many times before.
The band do have a good following in Japan, where they achieved a #1 spot with ‘Gimme Love’ and had a headline tour late last year. Since their inception in 2005 they have gone from strength to strength, last year playing at V Festival, but I can’t imagine the single having as much of impact here.
Recorded by Stone Roses producer John Leckie, Gimme Love is upbeat and catchy, and has a real feel-good vibe to it; the band obviously have great chemistry. The Mersey Beat style guitar work and vocals are definitely enough to get the toes tapping, and the band are certainly adept in the art of the catchy riff and vocal melody. Personally I feel that The Troubadours have produced a great and lively track, but I don’t imagine people getting overly excited by something that has been heard so many times before.
‘Gimme Love’ is released on September 7th, check them out at www.myspace.com/thetroubadoursmusic,