Sharp Knees: Don't Leave Me

The Basics
Since the success of their debut album, Certain Rules, back in 2009, Sharp Knees have established themselves as an up-and-coming act in their hometown of Nottingham.
After supporting the likes of Everything Everything and The Kabeedies, they went on to compete in Kit Kat’s Battle of The Bands and played V-Festival and Reading Festival 2010. No small feat for a band only in its second year.
Don’t Leave Me is the latest offering from the noisy-pop quintet before they return to the studio this August to work on their forthcoming EP – I’ll Carry You Home.
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The Verdict
Don’t Leave Me is a blend of infectious indie-pop with lyrics that pull at your heart strings without losing their alternative rock angst. The track is surprisingly upbeat despite singing about “broken bones and broken hearts,” and would not be out of place on your pre-drinks playlist.
It alternates between quiet instrumentals and fits of fast-paced riffs, holding your attention for the full four and a half minutes. Sharp Knees have struck a balance between including enough pop to satisfy the masses whilst sticking to the indie roots that made them a hit in the East Midlands.
This latest single highlights how they have grown in the year since Certain Rules. The time has clearly seen them mature as musicians and their lyrics showcase an edgier style than their previous album.
Hannah Pearson


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