Towards the end of 2008 the BBC website was banging on about an 80's revival - the return of the synthesiser and daft haircuts. OK - I made up the bit about haircuts but seeing some of the band photos, it seemed apt. Whereas I've no objection to a revival I really must insist that some room is made for three piece guitar band The Drowners who have managed a magnificent amalgam of the Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen with perhaps a touch here and there of the Psychedelic Furs.
trundles along like The Cure on speed and it's not harmed at all by the Bunnymen-esque
guitar riffs. I've no idea if the muddy production is deliberate or not but
it certainly works to add atmosphere. "Not A Love Song"is slightly
brighter production wise though the vocals do get a bit fuzzy towards the end
and personally I'd have liked a little more clarity in that area but it's a
minor complaint. There's enough here to appeal to a broad spectrum of fans from
the Goths to the indie kids. If this is representative of what they're capable
of, some serious airplay and a heavy gigging schedule should guarantee this
lot a decent shot at a successful career.
On a personal basis, I'm looking forward to hearing much more.
by Phil T.
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