Since we started Our Sound in June there has been a band who we discovered around that time and who have had a steady stream of solid releases since - the endearingly named Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue. Next Friday the London quartet release a new single, I Can Run Faster Than Your Car.
The band have always seemed to me an eclectic mix of genres at times, breaking the mould when it comes to indie pop. Their last release, The Sugar Freak EP ranged from shades of jazz on Your Baby to contemporary acoustic track Reverence, a simple yet beautifully crafted song that is a favourite here at Our Sound.
The 4 piece London band are moving into a new era named the Something I Can Feel Alive In Anthology. The era will see the group release a run of singles looking at moments they feel most alive; the things they are grateful for and the vices they have. To kick start this new era for the band, I Can Run Faster Than Your Car is released this coming Friday, the 16th of October, along with a music video.
Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue consist of members Kami Ivanova (vocals, guitar), Zak Lyons (guitar, keys), Adam Thomas (bass), and Craig Medlin (guitar), who met in Croydon, South London.
Zak: "I Can Run Faster Than Your Car is my favourite Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue song to play live. The track speeds along and feels amazing when the audience sings the title back to us. We wrote I Can Run the same day we wrote our song Dinner Party. After writing Dinner Party we felt bold in our lyric choices and began throwing increasingly ridiculous lyrics at each other. This led to many lyrics being cut from the song as we were suggesting things to make each other laugh but the metaphor of the relationship being a car the character no longer needed and could outrun felt original and intriguing.”
The band's sound features warm and resolute guitars weaving between memorable synthesizers and grounded bass and drum kit. Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue succeeds in creating a universal and familiar pop sound, whilst simultaneously breaking and redefining the genre.
Kami: “As a writer you want to find new ways to articulate thoughts that everybody has had. After a break up you can feel as if "actually I don't need that person at all, I can take on the whole world alone". Telling your ex you don't need them and can leave them in the dust gives me that energy. We do have a great voice note on our phones of us singing it with the original lyrics that is hilarious. Still... I'm glad we changed the lyrics to be a bit more serious!”
I Can Run Faster Than Your Car will be available on all major streaming platforms from 16th October 2020, with a music video release.
Listen to Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue on Spotify here
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