Top Ten Albums of 2020 - 6. Red Rum Club - The Hollow Of Humdrum


Counting down our favourite albums of 2020. At number six, indies finest trumpet driven outfit, Red Rum Club

Formed in the historically rich musical city of Liverpool in 2016, Red Rum Club manage to bring something new and unexpected to the forefront in their latest album The Hollow Of Humdrum.

Nominated for the Aim Independent Music Awards Best Live Act in 2020, Red Rum Club are attracting more and more attention, and it's easy to see why.

The sextet's debut album Matador was released in January 2019 and described as '31 minutes of mariachi rock n roll'. Thus, their second album had a tough act to follow.

Not only is this an exciting, experimental, uplifting album, its titled aptly for the year of 2020. The humdrum of lockdown and coronavirus has seen many feeling hollow over the past few months and Red Rum Club have created something special that removes one from these feelings and transports you to a better place.

The obvious difference between Red Rum Club and their indie rock peers is the role of trumpeter Joe Corby. Opening track 'Elevation' immediately lets the listener know you're not listening to some lads playing generic indie rock on guitars, this is unique.

However, whilst it is easy to bask too much in the brass, there's so much more to enjoy. Simon Hepworth on bass takes centre stage on the opening tune, creating a disco-esc bop.

Fast paced tune 'Vivo' demonstrates a greater depth to the band as lead vocalist Fran Doran keeps sing-along supporters on their toes with quick punchy lyricism.

Perhaps the albums most celebrated single, 'Eleanor', a song which received significant airtime across BBC radio stations, is a tune that most resembles your classic indie pop track. A catchy hook and a an instantly memorable chorus that will be stuck in your head for the following week.

Slow, acoustic, track 'Favourite Record', detailing a love song and the involvement of music, further reinforces that Red Rum Club have all basis covered.

'Holy Horses' is the perfect album closer, again the trumpet shines through but the half-isolation of Doran's scouse vocals delivers an impassioned end to the album that leaves you more than satisfied at the journey you have been on, but ready for your next dose of tuneful trumpet indie rock.

Red Rum Club of course had tour plans scuppered by the pandemic but check out their website for new dates and follow the band on Twitter and Instagram.

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