The Libs may be in the ascendancy again after a favourably-received new record and a summer of trashy headline slots, but there’s something not quite the same about their first album in 11 years if you ask us. Cue Leeds romantics Trudy then, who’ve got time on their side and give us the same rush that Barât and Doherty’s scruffy guitar pop did back in the early noughties.
On ‘Behave’, the doe-eyed trio sound like they’re ready to lasso the moon for an unrequited teenage love. Singer Oliver Taylor’s hoarse quiver places him as the dishevelled prom band frontman, doing a doo-wop-inspired 50s ballad with edge to woo the wallflowers. There’s attitude in the shrill falsetto backing vocals too, which “La” like Supergrass at their hit-making and anarchic best, as well as hints of Smith Westerns in the T. Rex-citing handclap-loaded hooks, which are perfectly realised by Tarek Musa of Spring King‘s beautifully raw production.