i have to admit, i am generally annoyed by people who review products before they are out, but in this instance i ahve good reason to give a glowing preview of their 4th full length.
having just seen them play at the oxford zodiac, i was delighted to find hear that just about half the set was new material. David Line may have seen the typical drunken leadman when he loudly slurred 'our new album's out soon, its brilliant' but there was much to support his claims. Although not announcing the names of any of the new songs, the overall sound was just as the website says 'the guitars are back'. The sharp loud-quiet sonics of 'when do we start fighting' seem to ahve most influnce here as the pure volume of their set suggested a move away from the mainly folk influnces of the disappointing 'as the crow flies'. A relief for many, this return to their sonic youth influnced extravagence did not stopped them from plying some dynamic, hook laden tunes, compelte with deafining guitar crunches to finish. infact the only disappointment of the night was caroline banisters lack of vocal input, something hopefully not apprent in this album.
shopuld be a corker, despite the last album