For Primary Colours, releasing records has been a bit like sex, to use a crude analogy. They definitely needed to get the first one out the way before they could fully enjoy themselves. And, just like losing your virginity, you wanna hop back on (or underneath) for more as soon as possible.
If Jam, released earlier this year, was the sound of Primary Colours getting out of bed, on Keyside they are confident, arousing and very warmed-up. Two EPs in the space of a few months is prolific insanity usually saved for The Fall or King Gizzard, but it has taken Joseph James and co considerable time to get to this point, thanks to a revolving door system of band members (a new drummer joined just weeks prior to recording, but Sophie Purvis’ nagging, snare-heavy sensibilities propel most of the tracks).
Musically, the band evolve from the noughties indie adoration of Jam and sprinkle all kinds of interesting sounds throughout the music. Coke cans opening, doors closing, the obligatory sound of a Corbyn soundbite (but a damn good one)…it’s all here, showcasing the group’s newfound playfulness and relaxation. There are moments when things get more urgent, for example the tumultuous, tongue-in-cheek fretwankery that suddenly snaps the jaunty ‘Just Words’ in half, and saves it from forever being a chugging indie offcut.
The most interesting song comes at the end. ‘Gums’ belies its title by showing plenty of teeth, morphing from a sweetly saccharine jangle into a blistering burst of blurry-eyed shouts and pummelling percussion. Elsewhere, ‘Girl With No Name’ ushers in the listener with the kind of sounds a restless sleeper would incorporate on their iPods (think polite chirping, unassuming white noise), before a snappy guitar riff bleeds into a drumbeat plucked from the long-mothballed baggy scene. ‘Symphony In G’ is a stuttering, proto-punk thrash that is as giddy as it is glorious.
Primary Colours proudly wear their various influences on their sleeves, but Keyside stretches out their Blur and Pulp persuasions and shows an impressive set of gnashers. Now we’re very much looking forward to the third date.