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Manhattan

24 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

7.09 (VAT included if applicable)
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New York band with a lot of energy, great debut album not a bad song on it! Saw them live at Reading in the summer, they were decent, but this album is a class above. Recommend highly.
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Type ‘Skaters’ into YouTube and, high in the results, you’ll find several flashy-looking promotional videos that provide all the necessary introduction you’ll need for this new suddenly major-backed band. For the most part, the videos are typical major-label funded fare: professional-looking and trying to suggest some kind of artistically ambiguous deeper meaning (read: says nothing very meaningful at all). Pulling clichéd attention-grabbing tricks out of the bag to engross the unsuspecting viewer into a narrative, one video has actors posing as patients in a mental institution (“Miss Teen Massachusetts”) while another has similar posing around some North American tower blocks (“Armed”). Soon you get the overwhelming vibe of a classic case of videos striving to superficially compensate for a band’s musical mediocrity. This trick is of course used to excess in the world of consumer-orientated pop, but for a band that have described their sound in interview as ‘non-traditional punk’ it’s all too telling.

Skaters’ sound can more accurately be described as very similar to The Strokes with the addition of retro drum machine sounds, which is about the most unconventional or interesting thing they do. If this band makes music that’s in any way non-traditional and/or punk, then it must only be these things to an audience with a very limited interest in music. Perhaps this betrays something about why Warner Bros would suddenly sign them out of nowhere.

Manhattan might appeal to young kids with not much of a musical palette yet, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re more knowledgeable about music or know The Strokes’ best stuff, then you’ll probably just think Skaters are lazy crap.
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