Singles Club: Gaz Coombes, Jack White, Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats

Everybody’s talking about it. Singles Club 2018…

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Despite the fact that this series is my least viewed project since my ill fated Short Film Sunday articles, I am still persevering for those five people that are still reading albeit mainly because it is a good way for me to desperately cling on to the dying embers of the music scene. I haven’t done one of these in 2018 yet so some pretty big names to kick off with.

Gaz Coombes – Deep Pockets

Housewives favourite Gaz Coombes quietly released one of the albums of the year in 2015 with the astonishing Matador. He has been pretty quiet since however, so to be honest I was a little underwhelmed with Deep Pockets. His latest cut wouldn’t sound out of place on one of the later Supergrass albums which is a minor criticism because Matador transcends Coombes’ former band in many ways.

‘Deep Pockets’ is funky enough and it has an insistent beat but it is also kind of forgettable. You can imagine that it would come into its own as part of a live performance but I hope that the upcoming album World’s Strongest Man has a little more to offer than this.

Jack White –  Connected By Love/Respect Commander

There was a time in my life when the White Stripes were one of my favourite bands and then, one day, they just weren’t. I just kinda stopped liking them. Aside from the occasional track I have been similarly disinterested in Jack White’s solo career. His shtick just seems a little tired now. It is difficult to recall a time when he was genuinely one of the most exciting musicians on the planet.

‘Connected By Love’ is something different at least with its gospel singers and lack of guitar but I still can’t imagine me listening to this much beyond this one time for this article. ‘Respect Commander’ forms the second of this double a-side taken from upcoming album Boarding House Reach. The song starts with a convoluted hip hop instrumental that goes on forever before breaking into a straightforward blues number that somehow manages to sound fresh and dated at the same time. It’s all just a bit average.

Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Nightsweats – You Worry Me

Nathaniel Rateliffe is absolutely not my usual kind of thing. I must admit that his first album was so irresistible that I did eventually succumb to it however. ‘You Worry Me’ is anthemic and catchy but it does stray a little close to Rag ‘n’ Bone Man for comfort.

It does sound like Rateliffe has improved lyrically though, going deeper than the standard blues rock ruminations found on this records predecessor. I’m still not totally convinced by the Night Sweats but ‘You  Worry Me’ is interesting enough to earn my attention for another album.


Fall Out Boy are surely finished I thought to myself before listening to their new single ‘Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)’. I wasn’t wrong. This band are utterly unrecognisable from the force of nature that took the pop punk world by storm back in 2005. Who is this song even for? It honestly sounds like a Flight of the Conchords parody of an emo band. Weak. Faring a little better with their filthy disco stomp are Glasgow legends Franz Ferdinand. ‘Feel the Love Go’ recalls Jarvis Cocker at his most funky. Franz have always been the kings of the indie disco and their latest cut certainly has potential as a floor filler. The brass section led outro is particularly enjoyable.


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