ABOVE: LIFE IN FILM. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARGAUX RACT.
Although they’ve officially been together for five years and already collaborated with Burberry, London-based band Life in Film is just now gearing up to release their debut album, Here It Comes. Filled with upbeat, yet melancholic indie pop songs, the album merges influences that range from The Smiths and The Doors to Belle & Sebastian and David Bowie.
“The combination of reflective lyrics juxtaposed with lots of energy and layers in the music is probably what creates our specific sound,” vocalist and guitarist Samuel Fry says.
Here we are pleased to premiere the first single from the album, “Get Closer,” which stemmed from a simple riff on a Casio keyboard and quickly evolved into something more. Lyrically speaking, the words came naturally. “It was a time of transition for me, so the lyrics just poured out about where I had been and where I might be going,” Fry explains. The song itself serves as a sampler of the album as a whole; its fast and catchy melody mirrors that of other songs, but also outpaces the slower reflection present in tracks like “It’s What Happens Next That Matters Most.”
Following the release of their EP Needles & Pins in 2012, Life in Film garnered attention around the world and played sold-out shows throughout Europe. For Here It Comes, Fry, Edward Ibbotson (guitar), Dominic Sennett (bass), and Micky Osment (drums) worked with producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur) to round out songs inspired by everyday happenings, relationships, and London’s city life.
“It’s a collection of our experiences up to this point,” Fry tells us. “A lot of those experiences revolve around relationships and love, so that’s definitely a strong theme in [the album], but coming from a variety of angles and moods.”