SINGLE REVIEW: Dutch Criminal Record are set to take the South Coast music scene by storm with ‘Feel Good’


Having found success with a selection of singles, including Graduate and Vinnetrow Road, and built an impressive local following based on these releases, Portsmouth-based indie-pop trio Dutch Criminal Record have already made it clear they are a force to be reckoned with. With even bigger plans for 2020 pushed back by COVID-19, the trio offer up Feel Good, a gorgeously upbeat new track to help fill the live-music-shaped hole in our lives, in place of their support set at Golden Touch Festival, an eagerly-anticipated day festival in their hometown, and a whole Spring tour. As far as replacements go, Feel Good is a pretty damn strong alternative.

“These guys manage to strike a perfect balance between their fun, upbeat melodies and more meaningful and reflective lyrics”

We’ve no shame in admitting that this track had us hooked within seconds, thanks to that endlessly cool and catchy guitar riff, alongside the group’s smooth vocals. Joe Frampton’s drum track locks in beautifully with a fun-filled bassline to create a ridiculously cool groove, helping to lift the track to a new level and solidifying the track’s ‘summer anthem’ status.

“This track offers shelter for a generation searching for themselves within indie-rock”

However, despite the uplifting sound of the track, the trio’s lyrics actually reflect on a pretty bleak, yet unfortunately very common generational fear of our struggles with mental health being invalidated or being made to believe our struggles are not real if we just can’t quite explain what’s wrong. These guys manage to strike a perfect balance between their fun, upbeat melodies and more meaningful and reflective lyrics. Having represented such a common feeling of invalidity, this track offers shelter for a generation searching for themselves within indie-rock.

“We’ve no shame in admitting that this track had us hooked within seconds, thanks to that endlessly cool and catchy guitar riff.

With such a strong start to their 2020 releases, Dutch Criminal Record are clearly destined for big things in the year to come. We can’t wait to see the trio continue to build upon their following and continue to take the South Coast music scene by storm with their feel good tracks!

8/10

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Words by Beth Rossiter @bethrossiterr