Askies are closing out the year with another airtight 3 minutes (almost) of sublime indie rock.
Numbers as song titles is always mysterious (exception of Ariana Grande’s ‘34+35′, fairly self-explanatory) and ‘Forty-Three’ isn’t easily read. Askies’ core strength has been tightly written songs that demand repeat listens. ‘Subject to Change‘ was an out-of-body jam session and while ‘Forty-Three’ isn’t as open-ended, it’s a lot more direct. Guitars that chime perfectly with the chorus, raw and passionate vocals, tightly interlocked rhythm section. All the Askies hallmarks are here.
What sets ‘Forty-Three’ apart is it’s exceptionally tight beat. The escalation here is crazy, and I love how it fills out and develops over the course of the song. The vocals are crazy good too, singer George Harris bringing a gritty performance to the track. Melodic guitar tones, clean production. It’s that polished and tight alt-pop sound that Askies do so well.
We will never not share an Askies song, they continue to be one of the most consistent bands on the Leeds scene.