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EP REVIEW: New Hope Club – Welcome To The Club Pt. 2

New Hope Club have today released their second EP, aptly titled Welcome To The Club Pt.2. The follow up to 2017’s Welcome To The Club features four tracks, singles; Crazy and Medicine, new track; Karma and live track; Let Me Down Slow (From O2 Arena).

Crazy

Recently single Crazy takes us right back to the start when we first heard about New Hope Club, it feels like a grown-up version of their earlier tracks and we absolutely love it. The repetitive backbeat gets beneath your skin as you’ll find yourself bopping your head along without even noticing. Lyrically this track touches about someone who judges you for decisions you’ve made such as loving them but then the relationship cracks start to show ‘go ahead and say that I’m crazy, you’re crazy too’. When they just want to move on ‘put the memories away in the drawer, I don’t wanna have to hurt anymore’ it’s something we can relate to whether in a romantic relationship or a friendship. One of our favourite things about New Hope Club has always been that it’s a real team effort, from Blake being the first vocal we’re introduced to, George smashing his high notes and Reece coming in to provide an emotively powerful second verse. We’ve found ourselves listening to this track on repeat more times than we’d like to admit, it’s simple but simple has never been bad in this case it’s incredibly effective.

Medicine

Released as the first track from the EP, Medicine is a track fans already knew of, thanks to it being a regular feature of their live sets. Whenever we listen to this track we’re taking right back to an arena, full of fans singing along and having a dance and we love it. With the big, feels filled chorus complete with backing vocals for fans to get involved with it’s hard to not sing along to the infamous ‘I ain’t missing you at all. I don’t need no medicine’ line. A faster track than what fans are used to from the trio it highlights how great Reece, George and Blake work together vocally. Singing of having power without someone in your life and knowing that it might have been hard but now they’re gone you’re better off and living your absolute best life. It’s pretty sassy and funky which makes a great combination.  We definitely think NHC are better off without them as they’ve got a great track from it.

Karma

Taking the release down a notch or two is new track Karma, now we’re in the exciting territory of the EP not knowing what is around each corner. Going right back to their roots there’s a heavy guitar focus throughout the track in particular during the chorus where we’re met with intricate guitars and guitar layering for an extra hit. As the track title suggests this is a good old classic case of when someone thinks they can mess you around but come crawling back when they want something or need someone to blame their misfortune on. We love the standout chorus with lines such as ‘the reason you’re all alone well it ain’t really my fault, what goes around comes back around’ seeing that NHC have even to some extent used their own experiences to write this tracks which make them all more powerful. Each track has its standout memorable line and the repetitive use of ‘karma don’t let me down’ is the message which sticks with you every time it’s heard as you’re hoping those who’ve messed you around get what they deserve. This is by far the most mature offering we’ve had from the trio, signifying as their musical career grows they continue to grow musically and personally.

 

Let Me Down Slow

When New Hope Club announced Let Me Down Slow live from the O2 Arena was going to be on the track listing fans rejoiced across social media. Known for being one of the most fun tracks performed in their live sets fans have been eagerly waiting for some sort of recording to listen to when away from a show. We love that Blake getting the crowd hyped up “you’ve got to go crazy, can you do that London?” has made the cut showing the sheer power the trio have when performing. Flaunting their impressive guitar work and the chorus which every New Hope Club fan loves hearing live, ‘what are you hiding cos I’ve got the right to know. There’s something different in the way you look.’. When we reach the energetic peak of the chorus ‘baby let me down slow’ and get told to jump, we want to stand up and go crazy as we’re transported back to the O2 Arena seeing New Hope Club doing what they do best.  Let’s hope a studio recording is just around the corner…

Welcome To The Club Pt.2 is a triumphant effort from Blake Richardson, George Smith and Reece Bibby rounding off an incredibly successful 2018 for them. The trio has grown musically which is shown through the strong, real and relatable lyric content which each track provides. With 2018 seeing them headlining two sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire Shows, continuing to support The Vamps across the globe and hitting the top of the iTunes pre-order chart in eight countries; they’ll be heading into 2019 in a great position to continue expanding their fanbase and who knows maybe even releasing an album! New Hope Club have been CelebMix favourites for a while and with this EP it doesn’t look like that’s set to change any time soon. Stick with us for all the latest New Hope Club news.

Purchase Welcome To The Club Pt.2 from here. Which is your favourite track on the EP? Tweet us @CelebMix to let us know!

Written by Nicola Craig

A keen lover of boybands, nearly all genres of music and travelling. I'm always looking for new artists to check out, so send them my way and you might be able to be smug knowing you helped me find a new favourite band. You'll probably say I have long hair, most people do.