​Review: Jealous Boy by Penny Eyes

Words by: Chloe Burrows-Bryan

The world has embraced a bewildering time in which there is a sparse supply of toilet roll and pasta shapes due to a terrifying virus causing widespread panic. However, there has been a significant glimmer of hope in this current mystifying crisis, the new single release from Newquay’s very own Penny Eyes… Being a huge fan of ‘The Gardens’ from their previous EP ‘How Do You Feel?’, I was super exhilarated to discover ‘Jealous Boy’ and it did not disappoint.

Their new indie-pop sound is highly infectious, leaving you with an aura of reminiscent envious emotion one may contain when with a significant other. The instrumentation is simply spellbinding with the guitar providing atmospheric riffs and fragmentation which is introduced at the beginning and at the end of the record, along with the band’s remarkable accompaniment of the melody line.

The track is candidly honest and pleasantly exhibits a slight melancholic feel with lyrics such as ‘I am jealous, I get so jealous’, ‘I’m jealous’, ‘Im loading my gun’. My favourite part has to be the bridge as the repetition of the lyrics and structure builds in momentum before the perceptible final chorus. Possessing the empowerment to admit to being jealous undoubtedly has such a substantial impact within this track.

Lead singer Harry Bird, commented:

‘We’re really excited to release this track, it’s one we’ve been working on for a while and I think it shows how we’ve grown as a band over the past year, not to mention it’s a real anthem.’

The song introduces a more refined soundscape from their previous works with fabulous high end production. Working with producer Ross Rothero-Bourge at Cube Recording Studio in Truro, the boys spent the weekend fabricating an indie-pop sound which is cemented when listening to ‘Jealous Boy’, and woven into the three other records that will be released very soon. Harry also stated:

‘We’ve spent a long time in the studio getting the sound just right and I think it really shows.’

The track is also partnered with an official video which is self-produced and paints the narrative of the elements exhibited in the song. The song and video marries one another in aesthetic and the thematic of jealousy is distinguishably connoted throughout the visuals. You also can not miss the cactus bobble head placed upon the dashboard of the car and the simple but effective quote once the screen goes black, ‘Share with your ex’.

Having already made their mark in the local music scene, with sold out gigs at The Dead Famous in Newquay, a slot at Secret Gin Garden, BBC Introducing stage at The Little Orchard Cider Festival, performing at Bristol’s iconic Louisiana and gigging heavily across the county, we can only anticipate the Newquay boys to advance further with success into the music industry.

Jealous Boy’ is now available on all streaming platforms.

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Music Video: Jealous Boy