Friday, December 1, 2017

Duff Review: The Georgetown Orbits "Keep Your Chin Up" b/w "Picture on the Wall" Single

Simmerdown Productions
7" vinyl picture sleeve single/digital download

(Review by Steve Shafer)

If the slings and arrows of life have worn you down, one quick (safe and legal) way to lift your spirits may be to take a listen to the Georgetown Orbits' wonderful "Keep Your Chin Up," an infectiously upbeat soulful trad ska track (think Stubborn All-stars) bursting with encouragement and optimism ("Tell me whose burden is the heaviest/Tell me whose life is the easiest/Yes, I know this life seems like a test/And you will pass it/If you give it your best!"). This is paired with a phenomenal cover of Freddy McKay's rocksteady classic "Picture on the Wall" which deftly conveys the heartbreak of the original that also still clings to hope for love ("People said I'm a fool to say goodbye to you/But believe me, your picture's still hanging on the wall/Does it have to be there, still hanging/Hanging on the wall?"). This is one hot single that you don't want to miss.

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