British quintet The Ramona Flowers, named after the badass heroine, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, from the movie and comic book, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, have released their first single, “If You Remember”, off of their upcoming EP, Magnify. This debut cut is part 80s throwback and part electro-rock that is a stadium anthem ready for prime time. There are shades of a male-lead version of CHVRCHES and hints of M83.
When talking about creating the melody for the single, the band commented, “We were playing around with operatic voices on the computer. Skipping past Pavarotti, we found a less dramatic female lead and the song progressed from there.” And from that the song does feel grandiose and epic without being overly dramatic. So while the track may have had some operatic roots, it is not stuffy or insipid.
Lyrically, the song follows two lifelong friends, where one is down and out, the other attempts to remind him of the better times. The upbeat tempo and slightly echoed, distorted vocals of Steve Bird matched with the stinging guitars of Sam James gives rise to an anthemic, nostalgic track. While typically the lead singer and guitarist get the majority of the credit for a song, ignoring the work of drummer Ed Gallimore, keyboardist Dave Betts and bassist Wayne Jones would be a travesty. Their consistency truly drives the song forward and is the backbone of “If You Remember”.
The Ramona Flowers, with their debut single, are already standing above the crowd. It is a track that is energetic, meaningful and emotional. With the debut EP, Magnify, just around the corner, big things are on the horizon for the boys from Bristol.
You can pick up new single, “If You Remember” by The Ramona Flowers, on iTunes now or you can stream it on SoundCloud below!
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