Memories are powerful, acting as vivid recalls of the past. They can leave us wounded at the thought of a painful moment, and equally, joyful at the recollection of a happy moment. We each have our own safe havens that we return to, as we comb back through out past, from the people we’ve met to the places we’ve been, and we can feel these defining moments just as deeply in retrospect. This is where Lyon Apprentice’s new track ‘Alice’ takes inspiration.
The track is graced by crisp synth-pop production, punctuated with sharp rhythmic bursts of guitar and driving percussion, but it’s not quick to rely on a minimalist approach, rather the attention is directed towards a more resounding heartfelt message.
Singer/guitarist Adam Lyons explains: “Alice was a 92 year-old patient of mine when I worked as an exercise physiologist. We became good friends. She often told stories of her late husband’s experiences in WWII as an RAF Lancaster bomber pilot and how he died of cancer five years after the war ended, leaving her with four children. Reflecting on her marriage, she once told me ‘when I feel this way, I learn to walk on’ and the line stuck with me. Perseverance is a quality I admire and my conversations with Alice always left me humbled, grateful and inspired.”
Lyon Apprentice deliver nostalgic poignancy on ‘Alice’ but it is within an unyielding strength that they find true resonance.
Lyon Apprentice play Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on Friday 29th April.
Photo Credit: Tommy Davies