It has been a fast ascent for Newcastle based Club Paradise. Having released their debut single in July of last year, the band have already gone on to share the stage with Saint Raymond, Only The Poets and Larkins.. With heavy rotation from BBC Introducing and a slew of confirmed shows in their hometown, Club Paradise now come through with their latest single ‘Kirby Keger’. Listen here
Made up of school friends Ryan Young (vocals/guitar), Jackson Vert (lead guitar), Harry Webb (bass) and Nathan Hogg (drums), the band’s third release references the cult film St. Elmo’s Fire and lead character Kirby Keger. Ryan explains: “There’s a particular line in the film which that resonates with what we did with this track, it’s the notion of nostalgia when Kirby Keger is mid-monologue and, amongst a trail of memories, says: ‘Remember that big fountain, the one on main campus that said knowledge, art, religion, life?’ That sentiment just matches perfectly with what’s behind the song.”
Citing the likes of Foals, The Midnight, Jungle and The Horrors as influences, the young band are quickly defining their signature sound with dusky synths and massive levels of melodic prowess that complement their indie roots. Club Paradise emerge fully formed and fully conscious, with a track that is reminiscent of an 80s Sunset Boulevard movie montage.
Speaking on the track the band state: “Kirby is the full picture, its wonder turns into drama and its highs into lows, from running away from real life into a windswept crush, to the apparent circumstances of staying up all night needing to escape. It resonates. So when anyone asks why you do what you do, Kirby is our way of saying fuck it, you did it for you and that’s not selfish – that’s OK.”