Birmingham Band La Dharma Release New Track ‘Sirens’
This lovely little chilled-out track is the third single from Birmingham-based indie-poppers La Dharma; following ‘Devil in a Tight Dress’ (2017) and ‘She’ (May 2018). It is notably their first song to be released as a four-piece, due to the departure of their original lead singer.
Despite this recent tweak in the line-up, this latest release proves that the band have still successfully managed to continue their pleasant indie-pop sound. With their exciting debut EP ‘Introduction to She’, due out before the end of the year!
With ‘Sirens’, a clumsy drum intro is met with plucky, poppy guitars; sprinkled along a rolling bass riff to immediately spark laid-back indie vibes. Introductory lyrics of “another broken heart, it’s heart-breaking; the words are spoken soft, the sirens they’re loud’. They are delivered by lead vocalist Chris Leedham, all with a strong air of The 1975’s Matt Healey.
There is also a nod to Jake Bugg’s husky tones in places, which create a sense of honesty within the lyrics, accompanied by the strong accent shining through.
The simple but effective pre-chorus “you’re running, you’re running around in your own head…” will definitely end up getting stuck in your head, alongside the catchy chorus repetition ‘go, go run away…’. There is also a lovely, sharp guitar interlude to appreciate, perfectly contrasted with these sleepy, almost hypnotising vocals.
On the surface this may appear to be just another standard indie track, arguably trying to much to be like The 1975 or Catfish and the Bottlemen; but upon closer inspection you appreciate how La Dharma can effortlessly deliver such beautiful story-telling throughout emotional lyrics. Such as “she’s going to cut the rope and call off the search again; you’re losing hope and always hoping for now”. All the while, they manage to achieve this through a wonderfully catchy and satisfying track, generating high hopes for their upcoming debut EP.
Words by Meg Wood