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In the Post #4: The Panics – Cruel Guards

 
By on Friday, 1st May 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

The Panics - Cruel Guards (cover)The Panics are an Aussie outfit based in Melbourne, who have been around for a good few years now, “Cruel Guards” is their third full-length release. They have a big following on their own turf but have yet to make a real impact overseas in the likes of the UK and US.

This album begins with an almost theatrical drum roll and then makes it way into some fantastically rich strings on “Get Us Home”, somewhat setting the tone for the album. “Ruins” and “Creak” are a somewhat similar affair with layered guitars, pop melodies and chorus’ laden with twinkly guitar work and sumptuous keys accompanied with the almost soothing vocals of lead vocalist Jae Laffer.

“Don’t Fight It” is probably the stand out track of the album for me, with a definite nod towards the anthemic work of The Verve during the 90s, with a similar blend of piano work, a stripped down rhythm section, nonchalant, yet emotional vocals throughout and even some trumpet work poking it’s brassy beak into this track.

The album continues beyond this track towards more of a similar theme to the album openers, it’s clear the band we’re looking to achieve a very full sound and they’ve achieved that without making the album seem over-produced or too busy in any way.

There is definite feel of this album being very complete all round, all the fat has been trimmed away during the recording process meaning you’re left with a very easy to listen to record. All the tracks seem relevant to one another without seeming as though there’s a lack of creativity or imagination. Though the album is a solid achievement, I’m not sure it has the “breakthrough” quality which the band needs to sell its records overseas but it’s still definitely worth a listen.

7/10

The album, Cruel Guards, is out on 1st June.

 

In The Post #3: Silent Film Project

 
By on Wednesday, 29th April 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

When some CDs drop through my letter box I tend to look first of all at who’s sent them… some contacts send consistently good CDs, whilst others, well, they just bombard me with sub-standard drivel and then pester constantly to get me to write about it. What am I getting at? Well, when I get stuff from Kids Records, my heart skips a beat. Home to Kyte, Defend Moscow, iLiKETRAiNS AND Band of Horses (amongst others), they have some great stuff, so I was very excited to have a listen to Silent Film Project‘s new single, Two Days.

A summer indie-pop anthem in waiting, it’s full of youthful exuberance and fun… “Jump the fences together” Paul Musgrave implores you… quick, tight angular guitars making his point. Slightly Smiths-esque in the guitar department, it’s playful, not taking itself at all seriously. The B-side, “Alligator” is just as good as the A side – very much equal (high) standard, showing just why they won the Intel Studio Competition last November.

We love this single, and it sounds like it could be just one of many indie pop anthems of the summer. For 79p on iTunes, give them a shot.

Silent Film Project‘s new single, Two Days is released on 25th May on Kids in limited edition 7″ and via all major Download service providers.

 

In The Post #2: Marmaduke Duke

 
By on Tuesday, 28th April 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Taking a hint from the rather brilliant Popjustice‘s Twitter page, we’re starting another quick and easy to write “Daily feature” – In the Post. Basically, one item that’s been in our post recently, most days at midday. It might be amazing, it might be rubbish, either way we’ll give it our 2 minute judgement. Like this feature? Hate it? Leave us a comment below.

Marmaduke Duke Duke Pandemonium coverThe first Marmaduke Duke album I wasn’t too keen on – having loved current single “Rubber Lover” on the radio, I checked out their debut album, The Magnificent Duke. I personally wasn’t a huge fan, so checking out the forthcoming Duke Pandemonium, I was unsure whether we’d click.

Click? No, sadly we didn’t. We fell in, what will hopefully be, a long and loving relationship. Possibly one of the greatest pop albums of the year, it is a work of genius from Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and JP Reid of Sucioperro. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and the album is all the better for it. Describing the album as “Superfunky, supertight, superunique” in their interview with Thom in February, we thought they had to be talking hot air. No, they really weren’t. We love it, though it won’t be to everyone’s tastes.

Personally, I love the trio of “Erotic Robotic” / “Je Suis Un Funky Homme” / “Rubber Lover” towards the end of the collection. Hilarious, funky and strong pop tunes they just beg to be danced to when very very drunk. From the opening “Heartburn” (“you say it’s heartburn / I say it’s catching”), it’s got pop hooks galore and is memorable to the very end, with the amazing “Skin the Mofo” closing, complete with Caribbean steel drums – Scottish hairy rockers have gone all calypso for one track. Amazing.

(As a side note: I may have gone a bit overboard on positives here. I simply adore this album from when it dropped in my post box a few weeks ago. You may not agree, but I love it).

Duke Pandemonium is released on 11th May.

 

In The Post #1: Placebo

 
By on Monday, 27th April 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Taking a hint from the rather brilliant Popjustice‘s Twitter page, we’re starting another quick and easy to write “Daily feature” – In the Post. Basically, one item that’s been in our post recently, most days at midday. It might be amazing, it might be rubbish, either way we’ll give it our 2 minute judgement. Like this feature? Hate it? Leave us a comment below.

Placebo were the first band that I was crazy fan-boy over, and whilst their last album (Meds) was rather lack lustre, I’m holding out a lot of hope for their new album, Battle for the Sun. The first single to be taken from it, “For What It’s Worth” marks a return to their pop-friendly “Sleeping with Ghosts”, reminiscent of “This Picture”.

It’s a great, sturdy return to form, and should keep their enthusiastic fan base pleased with the ambiguity of the lyrics, the radio-friendly chorus and the rocking, brooding atmosphere. With the immensly catchy refrain of “Got no friends / Got no lover” it’s sure to be in your head for much of the day – let’s just hope that the album lives up to the strength of this single. If it does, I’ll see you down the front for their likely tour at the end of the year.

“For What It’s Worth” is released on 1st June, ahead of the album, “Battle of the Sun” being released on June 8th. Pre-order the album on Amazon now.

 
 
 

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