If you thought all bands with a singer called Liam and a love for Northern soul would sound similar, then perhaps you were right. 50 Leaves are significantly just at the post-conception stage of their career and rather than creating a sound that is entirely their own, they are building up a repertoire through emulation rather than originality. 'Give Me The Weekend' is therefore more of a standing salute to Oasis, The Smiths and The Stone Roses than a full scale assault on indie-rock innovation.
Songs such as 'So it Goes' and 'Someday' are full of head-nodding melodic interplay between two ‘clean’ guitars combined with a charismatically husky/nasal northern snarl. Quintessentially this is the sound of Northern Mod, but also the sound being championed by a large group of bands in both Manchester and Liverpool who would like to see UK indie back on the Britpop map. A noticeable laid-back fluidity in all six songs beckons a fruitful future of song-writing for 50 Leaves, who, it cannot be argued, are technically excellent for such a youthful band.
6Ed***d Mellett's Score