You all know the drill by now. Two listens, summed up in twenty wise words. Pretty much like this intro.
SupaJamma – Madaboutit
Bold mix of rock and reggae. Bit lacking on lyrical content, but forgivable given overall goodtime vibes and mind-melting riffage.
Escort Knights – I Don’t Know Your Name
1/ I Don’t Know Your Name
Slick dance pop production, but feels about ten years too late. Oddly reminiscent of Spiller’s ‘Groovejet’ but far less cool.
2/ Hole In The Heart
Some questionable logic regarding holes in heads and hearts. I’ll stick with neither, thanks. Rather catchy and some great production.
The Finnlys – For Love Nor Money
1/ For Love Nor Money
Simple and honest Northern songwriting. Slightly stereotypical imagery but done brilliantly. Really effective pacing, building to blistering finish. Highly recommended.
2/ Behind Closed Doors
No, not a Peter Andre cover. Instead something much much better. More upbeat, think Last Shadow Puppets go Spaghetti Western.
Demos / EPs
Big Mister Doom –
Nowhere near as gloomy as their name suggests. Instead quite hip and ambient electro. Could easily be a videogame soundtrack.
More ambience, more electro, until a mid song shift into something much more menacing. Seamlessly executed but a little repetitive.
Opens with some interesting, if a little obscure, vocal samples. Offers the EP’s most dramatic, tense and thought provoking moments.
Brash and somewhat short-lived, but direct. Lo-fi approach gives away their punkier roots. Or just a lack of decent equipment.
2/ White Lies
Mediocre in comparison, lacks any bite or venom. Without that, their lo-fi approach now sounds just too amateurish and messy.
3/ Powder Burn
Bass led and slower paced, but poorly realised. Just ends up dragging on for far too long with unnecessary solos.
Buffalo Bones – Hell to Skeleton
Don’t be fooled the title, whilst upbeat in tempo, the chorus doesn’t quite manage to deliver a big anthemic hook.
2/ Silence Is Golden
Totally different and not for the better. More Radio 1 than 6music. Just a bit wet. Should take own advice.
3/ Fix It With Money
Thankfully back to an edgy and slightly sleazy sound. Vocals sound like a young Mick Jagger at times. Good recovery.
4/ Left Before I Arrived
Thumping drum and guitar led intro, followed with great chorus and perfect big rock finish. Classic rockers will love it.
Up-tempo rockabilly knees up. Bit of a novelty at first. Will no doubt become very annoying quickly with repeated plays.
2/ Love On The Dole
The novelty has definitely worn off now. The horns do add some ska flavour. Still screaming out gimmicky to me.
3/ Time Out
Why not throw in a little bit of doo wop for good measure?! Far too happy and pleased with itself.
4/ Rich Kid
The Northern Soul / Motown part of the tour, with added blue- collar lyrics for extra grit. Fun but silly.
5/ Liar Liar
“Liar liar, your pants are on fire’’ should never be used as a chorus line. No excuses. Scraping the barrel.
Luva Gunk – Revolver
Better than expected, given the awful band name and the unbelievably trashy artwork. Packed full of tired genre clichés though.
Not a bad grubby little number, if you like that kind of thing. Unlikely to change the world anytime soon.
3/ If They Fall (Live)
Pretty much the same as previous. Conclusion a) They’re a decent-ish live band or b) They’re an average recorded band.
Area 39 – Stir of Echoes
No tracklisting so therefore limited review. Not a big prog connoisseur, but seems ok. Nothing new but will please some.