#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.  The 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.