They’ve doubled in size yet increased in power immeasurably: Sorry’s debut album 925 is not to be taken lightly. They take a somewhat saturated indie-rock music scene by the shoulders and give it a good shake, paving the way to originality within the genre. 925 is wonderfully abrasive, sarcastic and addictive.
Throughout the approximately 45 minute album, we hear the brooding drawls of Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Brien in unmistakable London accents, supported by industrial clangs and wailing synthesizers and saxophones. The heaving opener ‘Right Around the Clock’ is utterly brilliant and cleverly sets the scene for the proceeding 12 songs. It’s disjointed and squelchy and a cheeky saxophone adds the perfect punctuation as Lorenz and O’Brien lazily duet over the top.
The tunes dice with genres and it’s easy to see the vast range of influences they draw from, particularly in Rock n’ Roll star. As the name suggests, there are some real 50’s rock ‘n’ roll elements morphed with 2020 indie-rock-grunge. Yes, it’s possible and they pull it off admirably. This track in particular really encapsulates the energy and context of the story the lyrics tell. Similarly, ‘Rosie’ takes you on a real journey from the wailing saxophone coupled with Lorenz’s emotive poetry to the mismatched beats and melodies. The press have loved the record too with BBC Radio 6 Music making it their album of the day on 31st March and a selection of four and five star reviews from some of the hottest reads in the business.
There are a couple of elements that offer tell-tale signs of the band’s inexperience, most notably in some questionable lyrics. There are also red-flags flown over the likeability of the group who reportedly ‘act like they’re too cool for interviews they’ve agreed to do’… but the five-piece own their disinterested London hipster look and if they continue to produce music as skillful as 925, then I’ll take it with as much pretentiousness as they can give.
In a horribly uncertain time for the world and the music industry, lend your ears to 925 and see where it takes you. I promise you won’t get bored or be disappointed.