While A Festival, A Parade may sound like The National, the difference is that I actually like this band's brooding racket.
Based out of Newcastle upon Tyne, the band's first single of the year comes crashing out of the gate with alternative, slow-building melodic rock indicative of Scottish outfit The Twilight Sad.
Frontman Joe Allan channels dark tones and tough lyrics while the band balances brad dynamics and a driving beat. Their message here is one of music but also of mental health awareness, shining light on the stigma surrounding it. The band said about the song:
“People Person is a very honest track. It’s basically about someone who is struggling with mental illness, but feels they must maintain this ‘people person’ persona, being overtly friendly and outgoing, which, in my opinion, is one of the most destructive things you can do when you’re not feeling 100%. The take-home message from the song (if there is one) would be to just make sure you make time for people who might need someone to talk to, and that even people who appear be leading an idyllic lifestyle may be struggling behind closed doors.”