SINGLE REVIEW: The White Ribbons – Leftovers/S.O.P.H.I.E (self-released)
The White Ribbons are a four-piece punk band from Bradford/Manchester who were formed in mid-2017 when a jam session turned into something more permanent.
They take their name and actively support the global White Ribbon movement, which campaigns to end male violence against women.
This three-track CD is their second release, following last year’s self-titled three tracker, which you can listen to here.
It kicks off with the David Bowie-inspired Leftovers, which will strike a chord with anyone who’s lost a loved one. It’s a real grower, the sort of song which stops chatterers at gig (remember those?) in their tracks.
The vocals remind me a lot of Bowie himself and a little of Placebo (which is obviously a very good thing indeed), and the song builds beautifully into a heartfelt tribute.
The second track, S.O.P.H.I.E, is about Sophie Lancaster, a young goth woman who was kicked to death in a Lancashire park by a gang of teenagers for daring to look different.
The band have a close affiliation with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, and the song is more urgent, set around a chugging guitar riff, and full of heartfelt anger and sorrow at the same time.
There’s a bonus track too, Social Work, Cats And Rocket Science, which is a more reflective tune about how people with different interests and from different backgrounds can get along.
The White Ribbons have only released half a dozen or so songs, but the good news is that a debut full-length is in the offing for 2021.
If you like melodic punk rock with a socially-conscious message, played with passion, they might just be your favourite new band.