#56 Fred’s House – Fine Life

We first saw Fred’s House almost two years ago supporting Sea of Bees when they were more positive and upbeat than a children’s TV presenter on MDMA. Since then someone must have stolen their cookies, for Fred’s House have got serious. ‘Fine Life’ is an up tempo, ever-so-slightly bitter reflection on life on the bread line with a wriggly ear-worm of a chorus. Don’t get us wrong – we adored the sunshine smiles of 2011, but this just feels more grown up. ┬áThe Cambridge Four have lost none of their gift for melody and pace, lead singer Vix’s vocal is more varied, and there’s even a surprising Santana-style guitar riff in the middle. Foot-tapping, thoughtful, and immensely singalong-able.