The Lodger have been lingering around on my harddisk for quite a while now, but it was only with You Got Me Wrong that I got really hooked to them. So last week, their debut album Grown-Ups arrived here. Just in time for summer!
The Lodger hails from Leeds, UK, and was founded in 2004 by Ben Siddal. He recruited two friends for bass and drums, and in early 2005, they released their excellent debut single Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion. Another single (Watching) followed, and the band also started heavy touring in 2006. Later that year, third single Let Her Go was released on Angular Records, and after that, The Lodger disappeared into Alan Smyth‘s Sheffield recording studio and only came up when the debut album Grown-Ups was finished.
When listening to Grown-Ups, I was often reminded of the Lightning Seeds, another band I highly apprechiate. The Lodger‘s songs are equally catchy and played to the point. There are more guitars here than on Lightning Seeds records, but the result remains the same: classic pop tunes with sharp-played hooks, tap-along melodies and witty lyrics. Now summer has finally arrived, Grown-Ups is the perfect soundtrack for hanging out in the great wide open (but it also works on a hot day at the office… 😉 ).