LAST NIGHT the wait was over and Manchester band Puppet Rebellion pressed the buttons that released their new EP Chemical Friends to the world. If you were waiting, welcome to the other side, you can now hear the fully realised album in all its glory. If you weren’t waiting and you have no idea who the band is then do yourself a favour, download the tracks and wake up your brain, it is new music and it has got people excited. Click to download the EP here.
The first track of the EP, the title track, hits you with an immediacy, an urgency that carries you along – it’s a bit dark and yet still catchy. Next The Greatest Lie Ever Told is an absolute tune, it has a beat that drives and melodic guitar that lays on top. The vocals are one thing ‘we don’t need you, I don’t believe you’ may well be in your head this time tomorrow and the singer goes from yearny and sweet to stinging and raw effortlessly, the drums and guitar work take this song up a level for me because when they come to the fore around the 2 min 30 mark, you’ll believe it. Simon has never sounded better vocally than he does on this track, or on this album generally.
The New Twenty is a chimey, chirpey upbeat track with a really cheeky melody.
There’s a feeling when you listen to the EP that it isn’t designed to slowly grow on you, it’s almost as if it doesn’t want to wait for that, it’s not going to politely sit and wait for you to mull it over and decide if it’s interesting or not – it’s going to grab you by the unmentionables and take you on a quality ride. Chemical Friends is fast and it’s furious, it’s melodic, it’s engaging and it sounds instant but the band have worked very hard and taken their time to put the strongest songs out there, it shows.
This is a very strong EP. Forward the rebellion!
Words © 2013 Simon Andrew Moult / MoultyMedia
Out yesterday, The Art of Doing Nothing (Polydor), is Mark Owen’s fourth solo release and his first since 2005’s How The Mighty Fall and it deserves success. Mark is not looking to Robbie everyone’s socks off, he’s in a band more than capable of doing that – no, this new material find him seemingly at ease and going in new sound directions because it felt right to him. The lyrics go from personal to universal and its clear this is what he wants to say right now.
The Dunwells will reward your Blind Sighted Faith: Given to Sound takes a look at their classy debut.
The Dunwell’s are a five piece from Leeds and their debut album Blind Sighted Faith came to our attention recently. Their website biography begins “utterly natural, there’s no more fitting description for the music as well as the story of their magical rise”… Given to Sound would like to take issue with that; for a kick off magic isn’t natural, it is a construct, it is sleight of hand and distraction to cover up what is actually occurring, deception, if you will. A lot of band’s do that, make a big noise to cover up what is in reality an alarming lack of talent.
This does not apply to The Dunwells. It isn’t a product of magic, it’s not a big loud noise to distract and deceive, it’s the product of hard work and obvious talent. While the band are in America on tour we consider it our public service duty to take you through the album so that when they return home, you can say you were warned.
Noel Gallagher releases the single ‘Dream On’ on March 12th. It’s the fourth single release from the album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and as always with Mr Gallagher, the B-Side is worth a listen. It features a song which is included on his collaboration with the Amorphous Androgynous. The full album of 18 songs features completely new material and 3 re-workings of tracks featured on HFB (including this, Shoot A Hole Into The Sun, reworked from If I Had a Gun and played before Noel takes to the stage on his live tour). The song is also briefly featured in the Ride the Tiger video trilogy of If I Had a Gun, The Death of You and Me and AKA What A Life!