The Loyal Trooper - 4 Quid With Flyer EP

Observational wit with an honesty so raw you feel like you know the bloke personally within the space of four short, sharp songs.

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Released 6 Aug 2007 | | By Richard Stokoe | Rating: 3-5
The Loyal Trooper - 4 Quid With Flyer EP

This release sees Loyal Trooper Andy Walker having mild musical schizophrenia upon tunes that combine observational wit with an honesty so raw you feel like you know the bloke personally within the space of four short, sharp songs.

To begin with, opener 'I'm Not In Love' is definitely not a 10cc cover. It definitely is a song with an insanely catchy la-la chorus complete with hand-claps, an indie-jangle guitar backing caught somewhere between Jack Penate, Buzzcocks and The Libertines, and yes, the admission that he's not in love.

From 'Nothing To Say' we learn that Mr Walker comes from the North and he's just an ordinary bloke who doesn't much care for City Bankers but does like a pint. Like Mike Skinner rapping atop '(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone', with a cameo appearance from The Inspiral Carpets by virtue of a freakbeat organ, once again the track gets right under your skin courtesy of another maddeningly contagious la-la vocal.

Buzzcocks then return for 'Dear Diary', this time inviting The Bishops to the confessional for a beat-inspired tale of love and regret. Finally we have 'That One About The Mistletoe', which is stripped down both musically and lyrically; a gritty and humorous declaration of love accompanied by a lone electric guitar.

So ends an entertaining debut that might well lead to The Loyal Trooper being variously described as 'The New Alex Turner' or 'The Northern Billy Bragg'. Either way, this boy's a street poet who's not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve, and he knows how to write a tune.