I’m not even sure the Levellers have the ability to put the amount of momentum in their Folk tracks as Man the Lifeboats did with their latest single A Wasted Life. There’s a sublime touch of Celtic Punk to the London based collective’s sound, so for any fans of the Dropkick Murphy’s, Frank Turner and the Pogues you’re going to absolutely love Man the Lifeboats upbeat anthemic Folk style.
If you get to the end of A Wasted Life without developing a taste for chaos, well, I kind of feel a little sorry for you. Their punchy style incorporates an array eclectic instruments, from the mandolin, to the penny whistle, the five-piece band have got it covered. Yet what I loved the most about A Wasted Life was the lyricist and vocalist Rich Quarterman’s ability to create and bring to life such a narrative portrait of euphoric revelry.
Whether you’re down and out or on top of the world, can check out A Wasted Life for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
Review by Amelia Vandergast