The Ship That Sailed
The Ship That Sailed is the excellent debut album from the stalwarts of York’s Little Num Num Club. All 14 songs were written by the band’s lead singer Daniel Lucas during the past five years. If the songs are any indication, it was five years full of drink, drugs and lost love.
Alongside Lucas are Sam Forrest and Andy Gaines who together make up the band’s core trio – the latter is also one of the founding members of Little Num Num Music on whose label the album is released. The album also features some of the numerous musicians who have performed as part of the band, for varying amounts of time, over the years. The album, though, remains Lucas’s – it is his voice and his songs that make it such a memorable debut.
Having left York for the bright lights of London, Lucas returned a few years later with enough sadness to write one of the album’s many highlights, Leaving Victoria: Got to get myself a glass of what makes the south the south, wash the taste of all your lying kisses from out of my mouth.
For all the pain in the album, it is surprisingly uplifting and filled with hope. Perhaps it is the Yorkshire stoicism that shines through. And perhaps that hope will come more to the fore later in what is due to be a trilogy of albums featuring songs written over the same period.
Possibly the most surprising thing about this album is that all of the songs work very well together and there is not a single weak link amongst them. Although not perfect, it is an exceptional debut and hopefully the remainder of the trilogy will live up to what are now high expectations.