Single Review: Off Party – ‘Without You’

by Darcy Nathan

Buckinghamshire group ‘Off Party’ kick off the new year with a brand new band name (formerly Retroactive) and the release of their brand new single Without You.

Bonding over their love for a heavy guitar, the group immediately established themselves in 2018 by performing covers at local Aylsebury open mic nights. The boys have now taken to original song writing, with their previous singles She’s a Drug and All To You firmly propelling them onto the indie scene.

In the time they haven’t been able to spend gigging around their home-turf of Aylsebury and their usual stomping ground of High Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville, the lads have used last year’s lockdown to rebrand themselves and record their newest tunes.

In this third release from the five piece, the lyrical reference to the band’s adoration of Arctic Monkeys certainly rings true with their catchy riff and heavy drums. The boys have been able to create a unique sound through their combination of heavier instrumentals with their commemoratory proclamation of moving on from a romantic partner.

Despite the influence of grunge rock icons Foo Fighters, and their likening to “the grandchildren of the Undertones,” the band’s amalgamation of rock styles and lyrical content positions their individual sound perfectly between new-age and classic indie rock.

It’s with no doubt that the band will be back doing what they do best and gigging as soon as they’re able to. With the high energy sound they’ve created, teamed with their fondness for a deafening guitar on their latest track Without You, they’ve produced the perfect celebratory tune for their post-corona debut.

Off Party – Without You is available to stream from Spotify now.

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