While it goes without saying that 2020 has been something of a shocker as far as years go, there’s no denying that it will be providing bands with inspiration and material for years to come. That said however, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but we’re still living through 2020, so while social commentary and political soapboxing are all well and good, sometimes we just need a little escapism.
That’s where Marquis Drive come in, and more specifically, their latest single “Spaceman”. Released on Alan McGee’s Creation 23 label, it’s the final release of a trilogy singles across 2020, but where “Truth Don’t Shock” (the band’s most recent single) was born out of the frustrations of lockdown and the misinformation across the media, “Spaceman” sheds any bleak ideas of social realism in favour of something far more uplifting.
A heady, upbeat and optimistic offering built around soaring guitars, button-bright synths and a steadfast bottom end that serves as a jumping off point for the track’s melodies, “Spaceman” is four minutes blissful escapism, and we could all use some of that right now.
Indeed, while it’s this that lends the track much of its appeal, some also stems from its charm. Rather than shy away from its inherent pop pomp, “Spaceman” chooses instead to embrace it, something that in itself is endearing, but here it’s delivered with such style and confidence that’s almost impossible not to find yourself falling in love.