London’s Exlovers have only been together for two years, have released just one EP and two 7 inches, but already they seem to possess more stage presence and sonic gravitas than some acts obtain in twenty year careers. The five piece have just completed two lengthy support jaunts and are now on their debut run as the band at the top of the bill – a jump they’ve made with great aplomb, transferring the fuzzy, joyfulness of their recorded material perfectly. Co-vocalists Peter Scott and Laurel Sills have a superb vocal blend, which conveys both lovelorn yearning and ice cool cynicism. Reminiscent of the dynamic enjoyed by Stars’ Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell, the duo seem to be angry with one another one minute and fawning over each other the next, exuding effortless cool. Musically, they channel the best of indie pop: ‘Different Class’ era Pulp, Elastica and Suede are all in the foreground. Each track aired is brilliant, but new single ‘You Forget So Easily’ and a haunting cover of Chris Isaak’s mega hit ‘Wicked Game’ are particular highlights. There’s not a band more worth getting excited about in the world right now than Exlovers. Make sure you find room for them in your life.
By Tom Goodwyn
Originally published in issue 15 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2010