‘The Real Life’ EP – Quarterlights

Three Royal Holloway alums, and some other bloke who hits things for them.

By Sam Barker, Music Editor

Teased with the release of their first single ‘Why Don’t You Like Me’, Quarterlights’ debut EP filters slowly into the listener’s consciousness with the delicate clean guitar in the intro to ‘The Wolf’. It isn’t long before they grab hold, however, with band members Tom, Andrew and Luke thrashing away as vocalist Ollie croons and shouts his way along over them. There’s something to be said for the tongue-in-cheek nature of the band, as both ‘The Wolf’ and ‘Killer’ tune in to moments of bouncing levity that shortly resolve back to the high energy roots. The standout track is easily ‘Ghosts’, which provides a momentary break for the listener, coasting along on the doubled guitar and piano riff, and a classic Quarterlights shout-along chorus that one could easily picture a drunken man on the floor of a pub shouting incoherently, even if the song isn’t playing. Not that I’ve ever done that.

All five tracks on the EP have wonderful moments, be it a riff, a vocal line, a lyric, or a particular moment of high energy, and one obvious moment is found on the band’s single, and EP closer. On ‘Why Don’t You Like Me’, in the call-and-response ending choruses of “why don’t you like me?” the band have inserted the audience vocals from a local gig they did, nodding their head in recognition of the Egham-based fans who showed such support for them in their early days as a band.


Sam Barker, Music Editor

This article was published in our October 2016 issue.



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