Although they spent last year cheering up sodden festival crowds with their lush harmonies and crafty way with a psychedelic pop hook, 'Things That Roar' is young Manchester band The Beep Seals' debut album. Produced by Teenage Fanclub legend Norman Blake, 'Things That Roar' has been compared to The Beach Boys, The Stone Roses and The Zombies by magazines like NME and Q, but really there's no-one else like them. Out on June 23, your summer won't be the same without this.
There are a number of reasons for loving this record. One is its innate eager and open tunefulness, another is its powerfully uplifting, entirely groovy pop psych vibes and one more is the shoehorned-in phased guitar squiggles which bubble up and shoot through the canopy of the chorus with what can only be described as gay abandon. Oh, and I forgot to mention the bit near the end where about 300 voices join together to push the already fairly well-worn button marked good times' so hard it jams and you feel like, "Well, maybe I'll have to live inside this record for ever". That's how good it is.
Rob Fitzpatrick - The Guardian -- The Guardian