Beth Shalom Records
Written by Mark Jones
Based in London The Yacht Club are a Alt-pop/Math rock four piece featuring members from Employed To Serve and Ducking Punches. Originally started by front man Marcus Gooda as a solo project writing songs for himself which resulted in the self-released E.P ‘A’, the band released a self-titled E.P in 2015 followed by ‘Fall’ in 2016.
Unfortunately Marcus went through an intense period of upheaval struggling with the suicide of a close friend which resulted in mental health problems for him and his wider circle. After a period of time to grieve and reflect on their experiences the band are back with their beautiful debut album ‘The Last Words That You Said To Me Have Kept Me Here and Safe’ on Beth Shalom Records.
The ten songs the band deliver on this fine record are about the band’s experiences of dealing with grief and suicide and are packed to the brim of emotion. All the songs are well structured and played wonderfully and the lyrics are both moving yet uplifting and I’m sure many people can relate to, I know I do.
The album kicks off with ‘Be Happy and Love Pt 2’, a brilliant song which is layered with beautiful guitars, piano and lyrics that are well written and are stunningly delivered. But even after this excellent start the band keep on delivering brilliantly written songs including ‘Heigham Park’, Glue, ‘21’, ‘Hopeless’ and the wonderful ‘Broken Things’. For me the band have saved the best until last with the superb ‘Be Happy and Love Pt 3’, a 6 minute gem of the song with an uplifting message and a fitting way to end this fine debut.
‘The Last Words That You Said To Me Have Kept Me Here And Safe’ is a fine record which the band should be extremely proud of and I for one are pleased that the band had the strength to record. If you are fans of Delta Sleep, American Football, and TTNG then I would strongly recommend that you pick up a copy.