La Fille's "I'm Movin' On" proves we shouldn't be too quick to condemn chugging guitars and nasal pop-punk vocals to the past.
The Seattle outfit – fronted by New Jersey-born Jay Louis – began in 2014 as an independent solo project, with Louis adding Joe Oakes on drums after a lucky encounter via Craigslist. Louis' initial desire to pursue a punk project still shines through in La Fille's raw, open-hearted output, but the band – now a four-piece with lead guitarist Jackson Fahey and bassist Tom Moskal – took a slightly different direction.
"I'm Movin' On" feels lazier and more laid-back than your average punk track, settling a little uneasily into the indie-pop genre, as if aware it's a little spunkier than most of its peers. Oakes' cymbal-heavy drums maintain a distinctly DIY feel, whilst Louis' deadpan vocal harks back to the guitar-touting emo frontmen of the early noughties.
"I'm Movin' On" follows in the wake of La Fille's 2017 debut "Alright Already", and last year's follow-up "Letting Go". La Fille are finally upping the pace however, dropping their first full-length on 15 March. The album, alse titled Alright Already, is available for pre-order via Bandcamp.