Album Review: The Reytons – Kids Off The Estate


Kids Off The Estate

The Reytons are set to release indie’s most anticipated album of 2021 with their debut ‘Kids Off The Estate’.

‘Kids Off The Estate’ is released 12th November and available to order here:

After their chart success of their impressive EP ‘May Seriously Harm You and Others Around You’ ..The anticipation has grown to extreme levels for this album, the date has been shuffled about a bit being set back from September 24th to November 12th due to a factory error.

Lead singer Johnny Yerrell describes the band as “Just 4 lads, 4 mates getting together and making music.” Which is what they do so well. Bassist Lee Holland was asked when did he learn to play the bass guitar? He answered more than honestly by saying, “I started being a bass player, the day The Reytons started.

The rawness of the band’s lyrics reminds me of conversations you have with your friends about situations, this shines through in their music like a movie soundtrack in a way, making them relevant to the average Joe. The 3am kitchen Sesh Gremlins will make a strong connection with this album.

The Reytons prove they have something special. Providing music that’s hard hitting, punchy and in your face, together with a chorus that makes you want to jump around, but, also a hidden sweetness about it. Confronting hard hitting issues such as poverty and insecurities in relationships.

Immaculate detail in their lyrics, down to the clothing of characters they sing about and what beer they drink, this mentally takes you through the plotline, songs such as ‘What You Fighting For’ makes you step out of reality and into an awkward silence that features in the track with a dramatic pause.

The band have the ability to observe society in a way that allows us all to familiarise with them. They are diverse in their delivery, songs such as ‘Shoebox’ turn down the tempo low and display a description of love, but a love in real life terms, which is something this band demonstrate in all of their songs. A change from all the immaculate, high expectation posts of relationship standards that we observe all over social media.

‘Car Crash’ is one of my faviroute tracks off the album. The track describes relationship challenges, using metaphors throughout the lyrics, along with heavy punchy guitars riffs. The dramatic delivery of this track shows stadium potential in the band.

The title track ‘Kids Off The Estate’ is a nostalgic nudge to times of playing out with your pals and getting up to no good. It brings unity among fans, providing goosebumps when heard live, if you’ve been lucky enough to see the band live and witness the fans come together screaming “…and they called them Reytons.” This will take you straight back to that moment.

Showing their fun energetic side into aptly named track ‘Sales Pitch For The Bus Fare Home’ which will have any indie fan stamping there feet around repeating “She loves to dance.

This album has the ability to make you visualise, familiarise and is deserving to be a firm staple in any indie fans record collection and will stand the test of time standing up against other debut albums from fellow Sheffield bands like Arctic Monkeys, Milburn and Little Man Tate.

The band have also showcased the last 5 years of their journey in an amazing documentary ‘Becoming The Reytons’ ahead of the release of their new album.

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