Song reviews


  Dead Happy by Very Well

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Melody Edinburgh style

New Edinburgh band Very Well take the Idlewild road with “Dead Happy”. What you get is a melodic, vaguely retro, song that sounds more expensive than it should and is further distinguished by Daniel Abercrombie’s confident vocal. However, I am once again forced to comment on the lack of decent guitarists in dear old Scotland even if the end result was actually easy on the ear.

Review date:  November 3, 2012

  Bloodvessels by Juba

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Portuguese indie rock

Juba are from Lisbon and actually manage to make indie rock sound interesting with their song “Bloodvessels”. The pounding drums, cascading guitars and moody male vocals fall into place nicely and the end result responds well to being cranked up to full volume.

Review date:  October 30, 2012

  Sweeten the Deal by The Deadline Shakes

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Scots go Britpop

Scottish boys show themselves to be the jaggy bunnet wearing sons of Blur as “Sweeten The Deal” whoops it up with harmonies and, you heard it here first, an actual melody. This is a properly constructed pop song just like they used to make before the music business went power chords and unsuccessful beards. It’s enough to make you forget there is a recession.

Review date:  October 30, 2012

  Project Runaway by Rebel Rebel

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Swedish synth pop

You can’t go wrong with a bit of dance floor oriented synth pop and that’s what Rebel Rebel, from Sweden it would seem, give us with “Project Runaway“ with the female vocals drifting in an appealingly world weary way over the solidly sequenced beat.  Grudgingly, I have to admit to quite liking this song.

  500 days by Marina Skiadaresi

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The beauty of perfection

When you have the voice of a tormented angel like Marina Skiadaresi has, you can’t help but soar high above the norm. “500 days” is theatrical in both intent and delivery and simply overcomes you. Marina Skiadaresi may have been around a while and she might well live in the arthouse but she is magnificent.

Review date:  October 30, 2012

  When I'm Not Around by Senate of Prevail

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Forged and lacquered

I like a bit of melodic metal as much as the next guy and “When I’m Not Around” is indeed a bit of melodic metal forged from the best hair rock that time travelling can buy. This song is a good effort with plenty of attitude but it lacks a certain something and that something is a great big guitar solo. Perhaps, underneath all the macho posturing, Senate of Prevail are actually vegetarians?

Review date:  October 23, 2012

  Self Doubt by Aged Teen

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Italian post rock folk

Aged Teen are an Italian band, it would seem, and “Self Doubt” walks tall with the confident and emotive vocals of Dario Guarino leading the band through an elegantly constructed and executed rock ballad that sweats style. I like it, yes I do.

Review date:  October 21, 2012

  The Devil is in the Details by The Skunnered

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Serial offenders

In some sort of attempt to distract me from doing proper reviewing, Glasgow’s The Skunnered have tossed me an instrumental called “The Devil Is In The Details”. It’s not in their usual style and, devoid of their good time lyrics, lacks most of their charm. I’d see this song as being part of the soundtrack to a TV movie at best.

Review date:  October 21, 2012

  Was She A Pro by IDriveHome

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Dundee indie boys

Indie going on retro for this Dundee band but “Was She A Pro” doesn’t really convince. The simplistic guitars and cheesy synths seem at odds with the quite frankly painful vocals and, to tell the truth, the whole song just sounds unfinished. In fact, the song pretty much fell apart at 1:40.

Review date:  October 21, 2012

  Drop Dead Shoes by The Rhythm Sluts

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Hardcore invisible popsters

“Drop Dead Shoes” is the kind of song that I should hate. It’s got plastic drums, power chords on overdrive and a malevolent growl substituted for vocals but it still kind of got to me. Don’t get me wrong for this song is crude stuff but it is also probably an antidote to my shit don’t stink indie rock. I feel some cautious enthusiasm coming on.

  If You Wanted to Stay Forever by The Skunnered

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Grey is the colour

The Skunnered return to display their sensitive side. It is perhaps no surprise therefore that “If You Wanted To Stay Forever” is both mellow and distinctly close to a ballad. The more cynical amongst you could also see this song as a near perfect pastiche of the Irish country song writing style. Only without the white cowboy hats, of course.

Review date:  October 11, 2012

  Bouncing Ball by Jamie Flett

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Starlight starbright

“Bouncing Ball” rambles (almost) unforgivably even for a song drawing heavily on folk music influences but our Mr Flett saves the day with the kind of easy going yet world weary vocals that could only have been hewn from deepest darkest mahogany.  A star in the ascendance?

Review date:  October 11, 2012

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