by tom johnson
Without dwelling too much on previously covered ground, Allo Darlin’s jubilant farewell at the end of 2016, not to mention, you know, their entire career, remains a markedly wholesome reminder of the powerful importance of pop music; a glowing reminder of why so many of us spend so many hours of our day immersed in it. With that adieu now something of a distant memory, it’s the turn of the band’s, Bill Botting, to take the departed limelight with the release of his debut solo album, Better Friends, which is released on March 10th via Fika Recordings.
As the attached press release so succinctly put its, Botting recruited “Allo Darlin’ bandmate Paul Rains, Jonny Helm from The Wave Pictures, Tom Wade from Owl & Mouse, Laura K from Tigercats, Darren Hayman from Darren Hayman and Hannah Botting from home, christened them the Two Drink Minimums, took them to Ramsgate, and recorded Better Friends.”
Introduced today, Better Friends is preceded by new track “Treating You Right”, and it makes for a righteous burst of alt-country. “I started smoking when you told me you loved me,” Botting croons amid a formidable backdrop of gnarly guitar solos and swooning backing vocals that quickly transport you somewhere else entirely. Delivered with an undeniable charm, the new track is streaming below right now. Check it out here: