'Paper Chase' by The Lafontaines reviewed by Wullie Marr
Debut single to be released 11/08/11
Fresh from supporting Twin Atlantic and one of the best received T in the Park debuts of recent years, where the T Break tent had to be closed, Lanarkshire rock/pop/hip-hop quintet, The Lafontaines are releasing their debut single, Paper Chase.
This single is a story based around working deadbeat day jobs to fund a dream, which for most, will never be realised.
Paper Chase, with its steady upbeat pace, is interspersed with front man Kerr Okans’ hip hop verses describing his fight to break the daily grind and live the musicians’ life. On listening to the single a couple of times, you start to pick up on Kerr’s sense of humour and irony, for which their songs and shows are well known. Coupled with a distinctive Scottish accent, something which is doing Biffy Clyro no harm at the moment, The Lafontaines have a distinctive sound which looks like standing them in good stead for the future.
Having followed the band for a couple of years, I must admit that I wasn’t too sure about the song initially. But it is what you would call a ‘grower’ and I am currently stuck with the chorus in my head constantly.
To accompany the release, a video directed by Oscar Sansom, is available via the bands own youtube account. They are playing what looks like being a sold out gig at Glasgow’s’ Stereo venue on the 11th of August ahead of a Scottish tour. Catch the band who won ‘2010 Scottish Alternative Music Awards Best Live Act’ during August and enjoy a show which will be packed full of great tunes and even better banter!!
To use a line from the chorus, “We are the masters of our own fate”. Something that I think will ring true for a band sure to make their own fate a success.