“This a soundtrack to growing pains. This is a soundtrack to the lives we’ve made”
South London duo Richie Skint and Harvey Lee make up Alibis. Having recently opened for The Strokes at Hyde Park’s British Summertime Festival, they’re now beginning to charm fans with a sumptuous blend of rock and soul. Not the most conventional meeting of styles, it came about simply as the two friends added their separate influences into the creative mix. Former roofer Skint grew up on the King of Soul, Otis Redding, while Harvey, who was until recently working in a bank, had a more indie upbringing, spending his youth listening to The Clash and Richard Hawley. After flipping a coin to decide who would play rhythm guitar, Alibis set to work on their appropriately-titled debut EP Home Truths, which was written, recorded and filmed live in Richie’s bedroom.
Now premiering the second single off the EP, “Soundtrack” is a song with quintessentially British storytelling backed by plenty of old fashioned, soulful swagger. Lyrically the track follows Home Truth’s coming of age narrative, in particular the experiences of adolescence; the struggles of growing up and learning from mistakes: “And all of my mistakes and the choices I wish I’d never made. This is a soundtrack to growing pains.”