It’s been just over a year since The Britanys properly announced themselves with their ‘Five A Side’ EP, and made their maiden voyage from Brooklyn to London. Since then, they’ve been fairly quiet – one sweaty summer show in the capital aside – but, like four indie-wielding prodigal sons, they’ve finally returned to us, gifts in hand.
‘When I’m With You’ is a timely present to soothe your relationship woes. Caught in a constant flip-flopping of feelings about your beloved, flying from heart-swelling devotion to blazing bust-up? You’re not the only one. “Remember the games and the trips to the shore,” Lucas Long sings wistfully, before everything changes, and he’s recalling he “bought you flowers, but you threw them away“. Sob.
The ups and downs of love aren’t the only thing changing here. ‘When I’m With You’ marks a different sound from the band – not too dramatic a departure from their past, but one that feels fresher than last time we heard from them. There’s subtle technological advances, like the crunching drum sample intro, and their influences no longer overshadow their craft and are much harder to pick out.
If you’re in New York, you can catch The Britanys at a special release party at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant on February 16, where they’ll be showcasing art by their friends and be joined by some guests on the decks.
If you’re not, they’ve got you covered too with a neat new website that treats you to home videos (and insights into their travels from the Emirates to Mexico, and the oh-so-serious act of recording), and everyone’s favourite addictive tile-matching game, Tetris. Should keep your mind all that love stuff for a while, at least – just click through the images on the site to uncover the distractions.