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ICYMI: “Nightdrive” – Rebel Westerns

With all the hallmarks of a summer indie-banger set to inspire sunglasses-on, windows-down drives down the coast, Edinburgh pop outfit Rebel Westerns have delivered the sunniest of goods on their latest single “Nightdrive”.

Following on from the bands last release, the infectious “Trouble”, “Nightdrive” glitches into life with shimmering synths underpinned by strong bass punches and Haim-esque drums before erupting into a playful introduction which makes a nod towards current-day Foals and the current kings of pop, The 1975.  Its sheer pop at it’s very, very best and they know it, the melodies are faultless, easing through the verses between backing vocal-swells which pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” and some tropically-inspried electronic drumming.

The gem in the crown though is the track’s belter of a chorus, it’s catchy and it’s confident and it’ll be buzzing around your head for days. There’s even a guitar solo that sounds as if Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits has dropped in for a guest appearance… Glorious stuff.

If this isn’t rolling across fields this summer then festival organisers everywhere have missed a trick.

Listen to more of Rebel Westerns on Soundcloud.

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