With their latest release, The Girl with the Sun in Her Eyes, Project Culture have come a long way since their formation in 2019. After starting a live music society here, at Queen Mary University of London, the subsequent members; Gary Hill, Peter Stanley, Jamie Richardson and Toby Cashman formed the new indie-rock band – Project Culture.
Having generated great success with their music, it comes as a great shock to find that the band have only been formed a little over a year. With their new sound and newly released songs, the band are aiming to become 2020’s new breakthrough band. Through utilising the imposed lockdown, the band have created an album’s worth of new material, including a wide range of post-punk, indie and folk sounds, all of which are live on their Bandcamp page now.
In lieu of our recent grey year, The Girl with the Sun in Her Eyes truly sends a message of love, with its wistful lyrics and uplifting electrical rift – this new release is exactly what 2020 needed. The mix of indie-punk generates a youthful cry to the romantics, straying from the band’s angst of The Elephant Room and Character Actor to release a new optimism for the band. Not only does the single portray a chemically charged blend of punk and indie, but it also echoes the sounds of The Smiths and The La’s. It’s also noteworthy to add that Gary Hill, the lead locals and guitarist wrote this song at only sixteen-years-old and understandably, the band have been noticed by BBC Introducing and other great platforms.
However, The Girl with the Sun in Her Eyes should not be the only spotlight focus of this review, with Me Myself and I (and the Other Five Guys) racing into my top pick. The powerfully lilting voice of lead guitarist, Peter Stanley, resonates a haunting similarity with The Vaccines’, Justin Young and The Strokes’, Julian Casablancas. Me Myself and I (and the Other Five Guys) creates a nostalgic feeling of summer days and teenage recklessness in Richardson’s bass work and Cashman’s incredible drumming, resonating a re-mixed blend of Paint It, Black and I Always Knew. The added solo guitar rift around the three-minute mark also holds a special place in my heart, invoking a sentimental rework of a Breakfast Club scene in my mind.
In conclusion, this band are truly one to keep your eye on. Their blend of uplifting and self-deprecating variety of songs continue to impress and keep the listener on their toes. No single is the same, but each coincide with the band’s own hint of indie-punk nostalgic uniqueness. Their poignant use of sounds is deliberate and serve to see the band convey a new feeling on each track, which in itself is impressive and distinctive. I’d recommend a good listen to their new releases and to stream on all available platforms.