3MileHigh - S/T

This is one of those albums… one of those albums that is so utterly awesome in every way that it completely reaffirms your passion for loud, guitar-driven music as the one true love of your life! Weeks after hearing this album for the first time, you will awaken to the realisation that you haven't listened to anything else since, and don't want to listen to anything else ever again! You'll also be wondering who the total strangers are that you keep seeing wandering around your house, and who keep trying to interact with you as if you're one of the family.

This album really is that good!!!

Quite how this CD came to land on Glitzine's doormat, however, is a bit of a puzzler. "Glitter Punk Pop" it most definitely is not! What it is, is quite possibly the best debut album you're gonna hear this year! By any band! From any genre!

Sounding something like a more fired-up and hungry early Manic Street Preachers, Leeds-based four-piece 3milehigh's self-titled debut CD is the perfect blend of intelligent lyrics, beautiful, soaring melodies, second-to-none musicianship and vocals and a crystal clear production that exposes unheard hidden depths with every repeated listen.

Debut single 'Always Watching' opens the album in fine style - loud, angry and full-to-bursting with energy and complex arrangements, yet somehow uncluttered and easy on the ear. If this song doesn't get you jumping in the air, swinging your air-guitar around your neck and playing air-drums like a madman, you're probably already dead! This is the Foo Fighters' 'No Way Back', Lostprohets' 'Last Summer' and Bon Jovi's 'I Believe' all rolled in to one. Utterly fantastic!

Next up is 'United States of England'. Far from being the anti-American rant that the title may suggest, this is a sideways swipe at the clone of America that the band's home country has become in recent years. The message being that it's fine to be like America if you are America, but if you're England, be proud to be individual, and have the balls to stand alone - "This used to be a proud place, a country with a face".

What the Manics wouldn't do to be able to write a song as angry, as intelligent or just as damn good as this again!

The rest of the album continues in a similar vein, showcasing the band's awesome capabilities, both as musicians and as songwriters - vocalist / guitarist Rob Karl shining particularly brightly, echoing both the raw power and emotion of James Dean Bradfield, as well as the softer pop-purity of Placebo's Brian Molko - before striking the radio-friendly commercial rock chord of 'Plastic Superstar', emulating both latter day Bon Jovi and Def Leppard (on the rare occasion that either of these two find their sound these days), with a massive chorus and even the odd " Whoah-oh" thrown in for good measure!

Perhaps the most alarming aspect of all this is how bloody young these guys are! If they're this good on album number one, it beggars belief how good they're going to be by the time they get round to releasing albums two and three - just so long as they can maintain their hunger and sense of urgency, rather than burning out after all too brief a display of excellence, in the way that so many of their peers have done before them. Based upon the strength of this awesome debut, and with the band citing such influences as AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy, 3milehigh should do just fine.

Nothing short of incredible!

10/10

Danzai!

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