Lahayna are an unsigned band from back at home (that’s the London/Essex border lands) and their new single, In The City, just made number 33 in the charts… oh yeah, did I mention that they haven’t got a record label?
Rather clean-cut indie, but they’re none the worse for it: slightly swooning in their verse approach, but beefing up on the choruses, there’s a kind of classic rock vibe going on. The vocals are a nice balance between soul and rock, which, aided by the slick, chiming guitars, help lift this to a fairly epic kind of tune.
Whilst it’s not going to win any prizes for ground-breaking originality, the mix of RHCP, Zeppelin, a myriad of soulful singers and local references mean it’ll groove over the radio, and shift units: surely the best thing for an up and coming band.
Backed by a remix that frankly wants to sound like a combination of Hot Chip and Kid-A era Radiohead, it’s a strong release, by a promising band.