Single Review: Giant Steps – Tolerate

By on Tuesday, 22nd March 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

With a neat intro, ‘Tolerate’ takes me on a journey back in time and lets me get off at around a stop in the ’60s. The rather retro-sounding vocals provided by Giant Steps‘ James Girdler are captivating enough to keep you hooked on the band upon the first listen. ‘Tolerate’ is the debut single by the Reading three-piece. Formed in 2009, members Girdler, Dan Stargatt and Dan Webb are actually childhood friends who grew up and went to school together. No wonder they all share similar music tastes and eventually ended up making music together.

This track is based on the work of Weegee, the late New York based photographer known for his stark black and white images. One thing that this song has in common with Weegee’s photography is that they both have a hidden dark element in them: Weegee captured crimes, injuries and death in his photography, while Giant Steps show the ‘darkness’ in their song by making it sound rather blue.

As a whole, ‘Tolerate’ has a really laid-back feeling. It’s the kind of thing that makes me feel so relaxed after a long day. Get yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy this bit of time travel. Giant Steps are currently working on their debut album; This soul rock/jazzy sound band are definitely going to be on my 2011 radar.


(download it for free from the band’s official Web site)

8/10

‘Tolerate’, the debut single from Giant Steps, will be released on the 18th of April.

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