The Return of Third Time Luckie – single review

3TLWorthing buzzsaw pop-punk legends Third Time Luckie return from six year hiatus with new double-A side single Never Alone/Wide Eyed Thinking. Sean Bw Parker reviews for Louder Than War.

Blasting muscular at full master from the speakers comes the new single from Sussex’s Third Time Luckie.

It’s highly energised stuff from this hugely popular local hardcore pop-punk crew, returning fresh as the new day from the Worthing wilderness.

Never Alone is the more sophisticated of the double-A, at times leaning as much towards Greg Dulli’s wasted gentlemen The Afghan Whigs as it does towards the SoCal sunny coast drives of the Alkaline Trio or early Green Day.

Veterans (and winners) of numerous Battle of the Bands showdowns, 3TL hit number 32 in the UK Rock Charts with ‘Alyc’ in 2010. It was around this time that they achieved the Brother John Robb and Gold Bladean feat of playing at the top of London’s BT tower – in terms of ‘every show should mean something, be special’. With the world at their feet, and after signing with Animal Farm Records, the band mysteriously went on hiatus.

 

NEVER ALONE

 

 

 

Now they’re back, and what brings the grit and British rock realism to the sound is the big-hearted, Marlboro-voiced delivery of vocalist and founder Chris Horner, somehow bringing his south coast yearn through current chiropractic treatment for a slipped disc. Notwithstanding such trials, Wide Eyed Thinking is a joyous barrel along the lyrical lines of Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, re-imagined as an episode of Beverley Hills 90210 set in Littlehampton. Getting on with things never sounded so much fun.

 

 

 

Around the turn of the decade, petitions began appearing online for the band to start touring internationally. All hail the buzzsaw return of 3TL, and going on the effervescent determination here, they surely will be doing so.

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All words by Sean Bw Parker. 

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