Tuneful mid paced guitar pop that unashamedly harks back to
the heyday of Lush, Kula Shaker, even Skunk Anansie were Exlovers
to speed things up a bit. Just needs a touch of flange in the
guitar dept to fully recreate that heady mid 90s dreampop daze.
Sort of drifts off a bit towards the end but then so did Slowdive.
Wilderness Of Manitoba -
Folksy campfire singalong that takes the epically choral route
we've come to expect from those bands notably influenced by Arcade
Fire. Big production makes for an uplifting evening in the woods
with this lot although I would like to hear them get a bit more
inventive in the tune side of things as they wring every last
drop of emotion and instrumentation from a repeated four chord
sequence that might end with several of the band falling into
actual trances, which probably isn't reccomended when actually
spending a weekend in the Manitoba wilderness. We know what you
did this summer, TWOM.
Esque - 'Tear Mastered'
It really takes a Glasgow band to put religious imagery into
a song lyric without making it sound unbearably twee, and Holy
Esque are right up there along with their revered antecedents
the Mary Chain (what if they'd just been called that?) with their
seemingly quite heartfelt combination of despair and defiance
of their fate as a support act on next years NME tour, what with
all that darkness and light and angels hanging from holy ropes
the lyric speaks of, over an incessantly angst ridden electro
driven backing that's purposefully above average as far as that
sort of thing goes. Definitely on to something, Holy Esque are.
War Glamour Girls - 'Tragic
Loss; He Had Such A Lovely House' EP
We're deep in junkyard territory with PWGG, they're thrashing
it out like Steve Albini and Nick Cave playing draughts in a Swedish
graveyard, at 4am, in the middle of January, in 1985. Rockabilly
styling provides 'Today I Am A Man' with a quite genuinely propulsive
sense of rage while 'The Trawler Man's Code' is what British Sea
Power really should've sounded like. PWGG are definitely more
than just blues influenced shouters though, 'She Will Always Be
My Anchor' reveals a more measured, subtly paced side to their
guitar trashing histrionics, while 'Tremor' is nearly a ballad
and its male / female duetted vocal verges on folk rock. Probably
a very lively gig, check them out if they're ever in your town.
Coast – Do You Love Me Like You Used To?
So close was I to criticise this song’s lack of adventure and
its unambitious song structure. But it is that basic, easy and
predictable chord progression that actually makes the song difficult
to stop listening to. What’s more, “Do you love me like you used
to?” Is such a common thought conveyed in songs but here is it
asked so directly that I feel listeners could immediately relate
to Cosentino’s lyrics. It just sounds familiar; as if the lyrics
came straight out of the listener’s head (assuming, of course,
that the recipient is a bit of loner). It would be mistaken for
a 60s song if it wasn’t for the reverb effect on the incessant,
fuzzy guitar, and it also evokes a feeling of nostalgia and reminiscence
of a younger time. I just do not know what to say. Yes it is a
bit boring. Yes it is kind of bland. But, actually, it is kind
of brilliant because of it. If you think this review is confusing,
then good: that is how I feel.
Ruarri Joseph – Anyway
Joseph wrote this song and the album it’s from, Brother, about
a friend that recently passed away. That context really adds another
level of understanding and beauty that otherwise could easily
be missed. Without the story, it is still a very tuneful and reflective
ballad with repeating, sing-a-long lyrics, however there is something
so nice about his writing though that it comes across as naive
or, at least, inaccessible. The verse at the end that has Joseph
calmly and thoughtfully echoing “We all care about your soul”
is almost gushy enough that it is difficult to bear. Especially
as an atheist. The musicianship and sincerity is not at question
here but whether it is real or provoking enough for listeners
to enjoy as much as he does remains doubtful.
- To Nothing
An act associated with Biffy Clyro and able to occupy the same
air. Sucioperro could find themselves being described with the
same words you'd use for The Biff. That would be unhelpful but
also reasonably accurate. Seriously, think about a lot of the
things you like about Biffy Clyro, and feel at home here. Only
it's different and not quite as instantly poppy (but there is
an awfully infectious pop-hook in here). Use words like Slab and
off-kilter when thinking about it to fully impress yourself. Not
exactly derivative, but you'd understand why they'd open for Biffy.
I approve of their decision to keep it weird.