U.K. indie band The Loft Club make their full-length debut with Dreaming The Impossible, released worldwide today by Lightyear Entertainment, through Caroline/UMG, in association with UK label So Let’s Talk. Produced by James Bragg (Jack Steadman, The Skints), it’s an album made for headphones – equal parts indie rock / folk rock with flashes of sixties guitar psychedelia, nineties Brit-pop and alt-country. All woven together with three-part harmonies, wide open chords and sing-along choruses.
The album includes “Heard Her Say,” praised by American Songwriter as the “necessary jolt everyone needs right now…wholly uplifting.” View the official video for “Heard Her Say,” which was shot at Britain’s historic Lawrence Castle, HERE. In this era of social distancing, not a soul was present to catch their rooftop performance – in stark contrast to their live performance at Powderham Castle last summer, where The Loft Club performed the track for the massive crowd in attendance at Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Sunday Sessions Exeter.
Praising the track “Flicker” ft. GRAMMY®-winner Lisa Loeb, Clash Magazine observed, “The Loft Club have a sense of classicism running through their music…that chiming guitar sound, so redolent of everyone from The Byrds…[to] Big Star.” The song made Record of the Day on the prestigious ROTD (recordoftheday.com). BBC Introducing declared The Loft Club “nothing short of sensational.”
The Exeter-based quintet consists of Daniel Schamroth (guitar/vocals), Jamie Whyte (bass/vocals), Kieran Chalmers (drums), Josie Stoneman (vocals) and Sam Piper (lead guitar). Schamroth wrote the first 11 songs on Dreaming The Impossible and co-wrote the album closer, “Flicker,” with Lisa Loeb.
Other standout tracks on Dreaming The Impossible include “I’m Just A Man,” which offers three minutes of raw rock ‘n’ roll, with its whining guitars, screaming organ, pulsing bass lines and rumble of toms. “Keep Me Coming Home” comes down half a step with a melancholic verse before opening out into a big, guitar-filled chorus and the infectious “Baby You’ll Be Fine” brings a much-needed message of hope. “True Love” is described by Schamroth as “a heart on sleeve love song with an almighty sing-along chorus, and a lead guitar part that hits you out of nowhere” while “Made In England” documents the insular, broken dreams of England’s eroded establishment.
“This is an album for the purists,” says Schamroth. “I’m one of those old school romantics who still practices the dying art of donning the headphones and consuming an album from start to finish via candlelight, with sleeve in hand. I don’t know if anyone listens to albums like that anymore, but I certainly do.”