Album Review: Drop Out Zone // The Strays

Quitting their day jobs paid off for The Strays, writes Ermis Madikopoulos

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The Strays, a rockabilly band from West London, took the bold decision to quit their jobs and concentrate on making music. It’s a move that would bring on uncomfortable anxieties for many. If that’s the case, they don’t show it though, with debut album Drop Out Zone. The record is all about their transition to full-time musicians and is full of energetic excitement.

There is a big rush of energy on the opening two tracks, ‘Hey Little Lady’ and ‘Fives and Twos’. Both tracks are very fast-paced. The former could be about sexism in the music industry, while the latter just makes the listener want to dance. It’s catchy and easy to sing along to.

Furthermore, there are so many great hooks on this album. ‘Oh Baby No!’ slows things down, but has a chorus to die for. The solo adds something refreshing because it’s a smooth transition to the second verse. ‘Can’t Get Through to You’ has a guitar melody reminiscent of surf rock. It’s upbeat and a joy to listen to, while the vocals have an infectious attitude.

‘Drop Out Zone’ is a celebration of freedom because it shows that you don’t have to conform to expectations. If you want an album that puts you in the mood for dancing, Drop Out Zone is the perfect choice.

Words by Ermis Madikopoulos

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