W.L. reviewed: Rock will always be alive and kicking with The Snuts around

If there’s one band that can silence the age-old ‘rock is dead’ debate that’s come back around again (yawn), it’s The Snuts.

However, this Scottish indie mob are showing the oldies how it's done in the 21st century.

Not afraid to rip up the rule book, opener ‘Top Deck’ sets up the more intimate and vulnerable sides of their versatile debut studio album, ‘W.L.’.

With verses written by frontman Jack Cochrane when he was a teen, the stripped-back ballad is a tenderly moving ode to growing up and shows just how far these four lads from West Lothian have come.

The record takes a turn and starts to accelerate with stadium-worthy anthems ‘Always’ and ‘Juan Belmonte’.

Coffee & Cigarettes’ melds Elvis and funk, while ‘All Your Friends’ could fit right at home on Arctic Monkeys’ landmark album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’.

Somebody Loves You’, meanwhile, steers the record into a poppier realm.

This optimistic serenade takes the album’s energy down a notch, but never lacks in charm and earworm ability.

Re-recordings of demos from the band’s earlier days, including their 2016 debut single and fan-favourite, ‘Glasgow’, are reinvigorating and guarantee they’ll be yelled back at the band when touring resumes.

This epic debut album sets the bar extremely high, and, if they keep raising it, there’s no doubt the quartet have a long future ahead of them.

Rock will always be alive and kicking with The Snuts around.

Rating: 8.5/10

Release date: 02.04.2021