Cracking indi/rock/pop outfit from The Big Smoke.
Trawling the internet for other unsigned music blogs to steal ideas from I came across a please for bloggers to review this relatively new band from my old home town.
They cite influences as diverse as Blur, Nick Cave and David Bowie. I can hear the Blur similarities in “Don’t Blame It On Me” which opens with a nice bass line and has plenty of changes in mood.
“Incurable Romantics” also kicks off with more bass than anything else, and is more of a slow burner (perhaps where the Nick Cave idea comes from). It has a really lush arrangement with echoing cymbals like waves crashing on rocks and a throbbing insistent bass line that keeps it ticking along.
Vocals in places remind me of something like New Order or Joy Division. Sorry that sounds a bit vague and I might even be thinking of another band of that ilk. I’m not so knowledgeable about them as I would like to be.
The track Dark Hearts seem different in that it is more open sounding, as if it has been recorded straight, without much post production, if any. Although the stabbing almost orchestral hits give the lie to that.
I’d be curious to know what processes were involved. The drums certainly sound quite raw but not in an especially bad way. I like it like that sometimes. Makes a refreshing change from the over engineered crap that fills the charts.
There are SONGS here, with progression, lyrics, tunes, and creativity in abundance. Certainly a bedrock of talent to build on.
The difference between a successful talented musician and an unsuccessful talented musician is hard work, longevity, and marketing.
The official website is a well laid out blog with static pages and links to their bandcamp site, facebook and others with all the key elements in place. They know how to work the web, so the marketing is well on the way.
I wish the guys luck with the other two, though they will need to stay focused as they find a replacement for their bass player who has recently left the band on friendly terms.