Appearances can be deceiving. We all know this. It’s right up there amongst age-old clichés such as ‘Never judge a book by its cover’ and ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts’. Yet upon first glance you could easily mistake Insect Guide for a Goth-pop trio channeling the likes of awful noughties tripe Evanescence.
Thankfully you don’t have to give this second offering from the Leeds based trio too many listens to realise that this could not be further from the truth. Instead you discover a variety of influence and substance from the ten tracks on offer here: imaginatively mixing elements of nu wave, Brit pop and shoegaze.
An album of both quiet and loud moments, opener ‘Wasted’ bursts into life with its vibrant choruses, as do the anthemic ‘This City’ and ‘Dark Days and Nights’. Elsewhere it is the likes of ‘Crushed’ and ‘Tape’ that steal the show, passing along in a more subtle and understated way.
Making the package all the sweeter is the ‘Dark Days and Nights’ DVD; which provides a fascinating and intimate insight into band, and the Leeds scene they have come to love. Well worthy of a look in its own right.