Track Of The Day #1068: House Above The Sun - Runaway Devil

Track Of The Day #1068: House Above The Sun – Runaway Devil

In their short career to date – ‘Runaway Devil’ is only their second release, after their eponymous debut EP last year – the London four-piece House Above The Sun have been compared to everyone from Wilco and The War On Drugs. to The Kinks and Stone Roses. It’s perhaps not surprising since their roots are diverse – singer/guitarist Ariel Moreton grew up in Arizona, then Costa Rica and Malta, while the band’s frontman Jim Moreton grew up steeped in ’60s culture in Cheltenham, which he shares as a hometown with his hero Brian Jones.

Ahead of the release of their first long player Five Hours North in late October, ‘Runaway Devil’ is a great showcase for their mixture of rootsy Americana and classic rock, beginning with deft picking and settling into a bumping, grinding blues groove that Jim’s hero Brian would have been proud of. Think Neil Young jamming with the White Stripes with a dash of Dylan‘s acerbic wit, maybe.

Lyrically, though, it’s your traditional folk/country morality tale, calling out the arrogance and selfishness of those who try to maintain their grasp on power, oblivious to the fact that they are sowing the seeds of their destruction. You have been warned!

‘Runaway Devil’ is released through HATS Music 1st September.

House Above The Sun play London Camden Fiddler’s Elbow 11th October with Micko Westmoreland and the Mellotronics.

Photo: Anne Lamond

  1. Translation – House Above The Sun are a depressingly retro load of wet tosh that might sound a bit like a fucking shit version of the Stone Roses (House Above The Sun categorically do not have a drummer or guitarist anywhere near as good as Stone Roses do, and they will never write a song one tenth as good as an average one on either of the Roses albums.)

    How can a band who wrote You Really Got Me and All Day and ALl of the Night be so wet and boring and depressing the vast majority of the time?

    [Wild Eye listens]

    Prejudice was spot on and I was a fool to give these arseholes 60 seconds of my time.

    Seriously, how can one simultaneosly be an artist whilst having no interest in looking forward or being creative. This attitude to music is almost on a par with being a Tory in the ‘first up against the wall’ stakes.


    1. Jesus – having a bad day or do you generally feel the need to be a dick when leaving your thoughts on new music?

      1. Haha, actually WildEye’s comment made me want to listen to the song more than the article did. And he’s right, it is bloody awful. Every one of those bands mentioned in the article should sue for defamation. Apart from War on Drugs, who are even worse.

        1. It’s alright not really my thing either or up to the comparisons. But calling a band arseholes just because you don’t like their music is a little ….childish.

          1. Bill – you miss the point absolutely. I am calling the band arseholes because…

            Bands mean nothing so why not be flippantly insulting? Pointless little tangent there.

            But… we live is fucked up times. Huge levels of inequality, increased rascism, massive political and economic problems and division. Either you are a forward thinker, and artist pushing the boundaries of your art, trying to be progressive and constructive… of you are a deeply conservative, pointless, retro load of hogwash, the artistic equivalent of the conservative party. EITHER YOUR ART IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SOLUTION, OR YOU ARE THE PROBLEM along with your regressive backward Tory mates.

            It’s all about the music whilst being nothing to do with it all all.

            MM is likewise evil. She is music for conservative (small c) mummies who love thier kids and as a result have not got the time or energy (or indeed the lack of anything to lose) needed to be part of the revolution, the end to NHS crushers and bigots and thoughtless arseholes whose sole purpose is to make the rich bigger. MM loves tesco and everything they stand for (shit wages, putting small shops out of business, poor service etc etc).

            Art is politics and conservatism is Conservatism.

  2. You are bringing another review into your point here but lets play along. I agree with much of what you are saying about conservatism in society and culture but I think there are deeper reasons regarding the industry, digitisation, fragmentation of the music media and hegemony of major labels, the capitalist system, than just the taste of one new band. To link that to how a band sounds and whether you like it or not is quite a stretch, I am not really into this band but that’s besides the point its all subjective opinion music. I have no problem with people insulting or lampooning bands if they deserve it some of the best reviews I read in MM or NME did that, but often they had done something to deserve it or were just so unspeakably bad yet successful that they needed taking down a peg or two. But just chucking casual insults around at bands that are just starting out and then trying to link it to some wider political point is slightly farcical. What I’m saying is I agree that most mainstream culture is deeply conservative and corporate right now but there are deeper reasons for it, calling a new band ‘arseholes’ because you don’t like their song, really has nothing to do with it, point of fact bands like this are probably the ones struggling to be heard let alone being symbolic of the conservative culture you describe.I admire your passion but I think you are slightly misdirecting it here at the wrong target.

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