Churchill, 'Change': Track Review

CHURCHILL
"Change" (3:17)
Producer: Joe Richmond
Writer: T. Bruns
Publisher: Churchill the Band Publishing (ASCAP)
A&M/Octone Records

 

Denver newcomer Churchill doesn't overthink its first major bid at radio success, as "Change" is the sort of brilliantly simple chunk of alternative rock that becomes frozen in a listener's memory after a single spin. Like Of Monsters & Men's "Little Talks," the song (off the five-piece's Change EP) possesses an arresting hook built around a transitional yelp. Meanwhile, singer Bethany Kelly's vocals are delivered with such conviction that one could be forgiven for overlooking the platitudes and repetition running rampant through the lyrics. But Mike Morter's mandolin whittling is the song's real prize, creating a conversation with Kelly's voice by answering her cries with unexpected pizzazz. Although "Change" doesn't try to reach beyond Churchill's respective boundaries, the arrangement hints at a tempered creativity that could serve the group well in the future.