Thursday, 3 March 2011

New Single Reviews...

The View

The View are one of those bands that came about in the post Libertines world of NME where a scrappy strummy song and a pair of fairly new skinnies would be enough to push you to the top of 'the cool list'. It is true to say to say that they do have some pretty decent songs though I find the track presented here to be a definite retread of previous work as an almost cookie cutter reproduction from previous releases it’s still not half bad. The new single 'Grace' is immediate in it’s catchiness and if you are a fan of the group surely one to bring a smile to your face although as a first outing from the new album Bread And Circuses I would hope they have something stronger lurking in the background to follow up with. In conclusion, not a bad track but nothing that is going to set the world on fire while a hundred other sound a like bands all fight for the same pair of converse...

Release date: March 7th

The Joy Formidable

They say everything goes in cycles, from flares to platform shoes to even 80’s
Retro Casio watches that you can use to change the telly with. It’s safe to say that the 90’s are coming back. Before you have images of the recent past with Britpop, union jack dresses and Tony Blair fear not as this is concentrating pre Definitely Maybe and are coming in the form of early 90’s Sub Pop pre grunge Pixies and Breeders influences. The Joy Formidable are pop but wrapped in the blanket of fuzz pedals, chart straight ahead drums and a lovely welsh accented vocalist (Ritzy Bryan.)

‘Whirring’ only clocks in at just a fag paper over 3 and a half minutes but has all the ingredients of a successful single and one that will be all over the festival crowd this year. Sticking to the quiet-loud-quiet formula of their heroes and contemporaries The Joy Formidable have given the music buying/downloading/stealing public something new to listen to as well as inspiring old hands like yours truly to dig out their copies of Surfer Rosa from the pile and give it a well deserved revival.

Release date:March 7th

'Originally posted on The 405'

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