Port Erin - I'll be on the Common
They might be named after a town on the ‘Lonely Isle’ of Man, but Port Erin kick off ‘I’ll Be On The Common’ in a seemingly deliberate attempt to quash that association. Starting at one place and ending at a completely different one, streetwise bass and ubiquitous drums take listeners on a journey through urban, ska-inspired alleyways before wielding to pastures gentle and melodic in surrender to their Manx namesake. If you were to close your eyes, the opening tracks of the trio’s debut might take you to the lonely pavements of a dirty concrete jungle in the middle of a drizzly night. Edgy and atmospheric and maybe even a little uncomfortable, you’d never guess that the same band came up with the warm summery tunes that the album concludes with.