After a ten-year hiatus, West Yorkshire pop band The Lodger, led by songwriter and guitarist Ben Siddall together with bassist Joe Margetts (bass guitar), and drummer Bruce Renshaw (drums), are back, fresher and engaging than ever before, with a sparkling new fourth 13-track album, “Cul-de-sac Of Love”, of straightforward crystalline melodic impact, from which it’s taken the retro music video for the wistful opening tune “Black and White (Pete’s Song)”.
A song written by Siddall around 2006 and somehow remained unreleased, the Pete from the title refers to his friend and fellow Leeds-bred musician Pete Sykes, former guitarist of Angular Records‘ labelmates, This Many Boyfriends, and as well a member of 3-piece Men Only, that suddenly passed away in 2011.
“After he died, we found out that he’d written a list of his favourite songs and this one was on it, so it became a song for him” says Siddall in a recent interview
“Black and White (Pete’s Song)” jangles its way into familiar endearing British pop charm, through swift energetic guitar strums that ring relentless distress through nostalgic, soaring gauzy synth glow, low pulsing bass lines, vibrant drum beats, and feather-light angsty male vocals, layered with airy falling hums to form bittersweet aural realms of disconnected bliss.
Introspective lyrics create a fictional reality where the absurdity between Hollywood movie endings and actual life merges into a delusional state of happiness, plagued by feelings of hostility, insecurity, and loss.
“Black and White” video, created by Joe Margetts, alternates a candid music performance of The Lodger with vintage movie clips depicting Romantic scenarios to sync the spectacular lyrics and sitcom-esque style of the song into a visual dystopian harmony.
The Lodger‘s 4th LP “Cul-de-sac of Love” is available on 12″ vinyl and digital download, co-released by Philophobia Music (UK), Pretty Olivia Records (Spain), We Were Never Being Boring (Italy/USA) and Lazy Perfection (Japan).
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