"The upbeat instrumentation, coupled with the emotive lyrics may be a detour from their predeceasing singles, but that same drive and elements that make a quintessential Filthy Tricks song are all there"
By Cameron Knibbs|May 18th 2020
Featured Image Credit: Lee Harman
Filthy Tricks - Leah|Review
Filthy Tricks are a five-piece, indie-rock band from Warrington, consisting of Liam Rimmer (vocals), Gerard Van Den Hoek (vocals/guitar), Matt Hignett (lead guitar), Chris James (bass), and Chris Peake (drums). Together, they are a tight unite that deliver chest-thumping anthems, and their recent single, Leah, continues to deliver.
Already off the release of their EP, Run the River, the band has already enjoyed local success, headlining shows across the North West and continue to grow. Their last single, Walk in Line, was used by Warrington Wolves, a local rugby league team, for their 2020 season promotional video.
Straight away you are captured by the fast tempo, as the drums boom into life, driving you forward. Layered with a burgeoning guitar, the song continues to build as the sense of happiness and freedom are evoked. The upbeat instrumentation, coupled with the emotive lyrics may be a detour from their predeceasing singles, but that same drive and elements that make a quintessential Filthy Tricks song are all there.
The song is rich in texture, which keeps it fresh and exciting throughout its duration, and is also a reflection of the many influences upon the band; from Sly & the Family Stone to The Doors. Each instrument feeds in, taking moments to stand-out where it is needed, rather than self-indulgent guitar solos or drums fills. Every part of this song naturally fits together without one instrument dominating another. It is clear each instrument serves the song.
Guitar and songwriter Gerard Van Den Hoek commented that the lyrics are ‘about changes in myself and meeting a very special person… I was in a bad place and didn’t realise until the band and friendships slowly started to crumble beneath me.’ After a trip to Australia, a complete reset, Gerard Van Den Hoek returns with Filthy Tricks and has ‘never been so driven to achieve this dream’. Still with a sense of humour, Van Den Hoek quips his partner’s name is ‘not Leah, let’s get that straight… The chorus Leah actually originated from a chant me and some pals in Australia sung’.
Here is a song that ticks all the boxes for what is wanted in a song; from pulsating drums to guitar licks, and lyricism that all can sing along to.
The song may have been a liberation for Gerard Van Den Hoek, but it is liberating for its listeners, too. With a massive sense of satisfaction, anything feels truly possible.
Whilst we wait for the next release, you can listen to Leah here, and be sure to follow Filthy Tricks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest news and releases. For now, feel liberated and indulge in playing Leah over and over…