Back in May, Grimsby based Orphan Boy released their third album, Coastal Tones. Despite being rated by the likes of The Telegraph, Shortlist and Vice as the worst place to live in Britain, the band are fiercely proud of their hometown as frontman Rob Cross muses, “people don’t give small towns credit, but places like Morecombe and Kirkcaldy have a real sense of community spirit. Singing about Grimsby and Cleethorpes is all part of that. It’s an undocumented part of the country which is as valid as anywhere else.”
Lyrically, the album’s third single looks how “the romanticised portrayal of poverty is a lie”, with Cross providing a painfully accurate portrayal of the seaside town; “a place littered with plastic bags and rented rooms, where children wail and young people in the prime of their lives lie crumpled under bedsheets, drained from the pressures of the world, watching the clock tick while the unopened bills and red letters pile high beneath the letterbox.”
You wouldn’t expect this weight among the almost upbeat clashes and slight hooks delivered in a Fatherson-esque manner, but there’s a droning, monotone determination hinted at which reflects the image the lyrics conjure up. Though the question “when was the last time you saw an A&R man in Cleethorpes?” is an unavoidable one, there’s easily hope for the band with a sound this resolute ad promising pumping through the airwaves.
You can listen to Money To Money below.