The Tides - Mates
"It makes you want to send a message and meet your friends where you used to go, drink warm cans of Carlsberg and talk till the street lights turn off. Mates is as much a feeling as it is a song which is an absolute credit to the writing talents of The Tides".
The Tides is a songwriting duo from the great north (Ramsey). Comprised of Kaysee Craine's dreamy vocals and Danny Foulis's's's expert instrumentation. Behind these two you'll find Fraser Rowe on bass/keys and Charlie Crowe on the drums. You can catch them all over the island gigging and having both the young and old crowd members swooning...those good looking bastards.
Mates starts off with a soothing piano and subdued acoustic strumming that calls a calm Sunday afternoon spent with friends round a BBQ to mind. Kaysee's vocals glide over the wonderful chord progression effortlessly. Delving further into this chilled out tune unveils some lovely oohs and ahhs that fill out the sound building towards the soaring chorus. Speaking of, 'meet me at the end of the road one day' sets the tone for this song. That sorrowful joy you feel when you remember you haven't seen that friend from school for 6 months now and organise a get together. A brilliant organ sits beneath the second verse before we are brought home to a more flesher out version of that lush chorus. Coupled with a soft piano and fading acoustic guitar brings us home this breakdown/bridge briefly slows you down before launching you into the familiar and brilliant chorus. Reverb laden oohs sees you to the door with a let's do this again sentiment that we always leave our friends with, until the next time we meet.
This song hits home as we all have those good friends that we have spoken to a lot less than we should. It makes you want to send a message and meet your friends where you used to go, drink warm cans of Carlsberg and talk till the street lights turn off. Mates is as much a feeling as it is a song which is an absolute credit to the writing talents of The Tides.
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