Quinn have always worn their influences on their sleeve – their uptempo brand of power-pop jangle wouldn’t be out of place alongside Teenage Fanclub and Dinosaur Jr – and up until recently they wore their heart on their sleeve too. But singer Sam Lambeth has decided on a new beginning: no more songs about doomed love and no more dominant guitars. The result is as refreshing as lemonade on a summer’s afternoon. ‘All The Best’ is a perfect pop song, effervescent, uplifting and life-affirming. The guitars are still there but now they’re dipped in woozy sunshine synths and, combined with Sam’s taut and distinct vocals, this is a new direction that is very appealing. In a delicious minor chord twist in the bridge, he sings, “we can be like Winona and Johnny” before launching into the catchy-as-hell chorus. I defy you not to sing along.
“From the bottom of my heart I wish you all the best / But I never thought that I would miss you”
This is a song you’re not going to forget any time soon. The middle eight before the last glorious chorus says “I’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting for you”. Well, I’ve been waiting for the summer and boy, here it comes.
Words by Tracey Bowen @INeedDirection