“Only Time” by Alibis

Alibis are co-vocalists and guitarists Richie Skint and Harvey Lee from South London: 22 years old, and two quite different personalties (one’s a former roofer influenced by Otis Redding, and the other was working in a bank and drawn to the likes of The Clash or Richard Hawley). Their first track, ‘Only Time’, is effectively a love song for a former sweetheart. “Only Time” is taken from an EP themed around a coming of age – and musically inspired by that mix of sounds/personalities.

Alibis’ appropriately-titled debut EP, ‘Home Truths’, was written, recorded and filmed live in Richie’s bedroom, with the pair sharing guitar parts, vocals and the overlapping influences of classic Soul combined with quintessentially British storytelling. Lyrically, the duo’s early material waves goodbye to adolescence: ‘Only Time’, for instance, is a melancholic love song for a former childhood sweetheart, whilst ‘Soundtrack’ provides a singalong-snapshot of growing pains, and reaching 22 without regrets.