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by Stephen Moore
Friday, November 9, 2012
Contenting themselves with middling to average baggy-era indie on this third outing, there remains the occasional, obstinate glimmer of talent.
The third album from the once much-hyped Brummie baggy indie lads rides in on a midnight tide of indifference following 2009’s dismally-received Jewellery Quarter.
Undeterred, they took the title from a note stuck on their studio door by an irate, sleep-deprived neighbour, and pressed on.
Said neighbour might wonder whether it was worth it. Singer Phil Etheridge offers similar vocal ability to that found on football terraces the land over, and his band steadfastedly pursue the “thin soup” sound, only occasionally beefing it up with some trumpet or gusto, as on the teeth-baring chorus of so-so recent single Guapa.
Take This On shows some intent at least, with singular, purposeful guitar and tribal drums met by urgent vocals.
The blissed-out summer strum of Paradise is a well-realised and welcome shot of vitamin D, while Beer Wine & Sunshine, a floaty ode to the small pleasures life still affords, has a happy, druggy, psychedelic whiff.
Sadly, too few melodies stick in the mind.