Rixton is a charming pop band out of Manchester with a familiar sound and the heart of a hopeless romantic thrust into the modern club scene. Rixton’s general theme comes as a narrative of repetitive, love-drunk lyrics wrapped up nicely in a rhythmic package, donned with very appealing vocals and stamped with the image of the indie cuties who make the band.
With a generally upbeat instrumental production, Rixton produces a mood which is hard not to tap ones feet to. Granted, the tunes are all rather simplistic instrumentally and come with generic electric bits which leave me feeling as if I am watching the boring club montage in some forgettable romantic comedy. The vocals are all quite genuine, however, and leave little to be desired for the sound they are aiming for; that goes for their more popish tracks, while the songs on the serious end of the spectrum like Hotel Ceiling come laced with very emotional singing by Rixton’s Jake Roche. So musically, Rixton is rather forgettable, borderline warranting a ‘dime-a-dozen’ label but not everyone has to break the mold to be worth their flesh.
Rixton is overall a very enjoyable listen, regardless of the knee jerk “not another pop band”, and are deserving of some note. Despite their easy on the ears presentation, their lyrics are not the most groundbreaking and leave me wondering if he means what he sings about half the time or if Jake just got burned by one girl and tried to squeeze as much generic sentiment out of the experience as he could. Tracks like Appreciated with real emotion and good ol’ heartwarming attitude are overshadowed by the vast majority of their songs which go the way of Me And My Broken Heart and We All Want The Same Thing with albeit generally relatable sentiments but shallow ones at that. The former of those being their most popular by far comes off as a bit whiney, while the latter seems like what led Jake to get his heart broken in the first place, embracing club culture and mixing it with some cheap devaluation of the word ‘love’. So in a way Rixton embodies young adulthood and does it in an appealing way.
Rixton are guys in their early twenties living life as it is dictated by popular culture and expressing some remnants of real sentiments every now and then, as I think is the way for young people. Rixton brings to the table nothing new, creating in themselves a hybrid of artistically worthless party mixes and heartfelt indie sounds, creating a mostly forgettable but pleasant listening experience which I personally come back to quite often. Rixton is worth their genre and I imagine if you read the words on their packaging and decide to open them up you are getting what you were looking for: a fun sound with enough emotion to get your inner teenage girl heart pumping.