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THE RECOMMENDER – VERSUS THE CIRCUS

VERSUS THE CIRCUS

Here’s a band that apparently have the A&R sniffer dogs surrounding them. There’s a couple of tracks floating around – both of which can be heard on their Myspace – and the standout track, (and likely first single), Teardrops, is the perfect food for a label’s thoughts. They informed us that they’ve only been together since October of 2009, but if this new project’s starter is anything to go by then our appetite may just begin convulsing by the time the main course is served up.  Out of the two available songs, we selected to give a first listen to the track Threads.  It sounds like a band trying to punch above their weight, which is mighty respectable as we always encourage bands to aim for the stars, but at the same time it feels like the punch missed.  This was a wild swing that seems very similar to music you normally enjoy, but not quite, although we enjoyed James’ vocals that strained, in a good way, like Richard Ashcroft at his most dejected.  However, there’s also a lot of generic, cliché indie rock moments, where James seems to take himself too seriously, with emotive lines about girls and regret.  This is all on top of big chords and an incessant bassline that longs for something sharper.  In trying to create a wonderful soundscape, they’ve seemingly aimed too high and ended up with a rather dull watercolour of an indie rock tune.  The trick is to be influenced by Radiohead, but not to try and actually be Radiohead with the first song.  There’s thankfully some balance found when you investigate further, as your patience is rewarded with a build up, (after two and half minutes into the song), that shows the band finding their groove and pounding out all the instruments into a shuddering climax.  It encouraged us enough, so we checked out the next available song, Teardrops, and thankfully the Sunbury five piece seemed to have located what they were looking for.  Here was a tune of skyscraper proportions that towered over the previous song so much it was clearly the work of a band that are finding their feet very quickly.  It has an instant appeal, of a kind that’s found within all good indie rock anthems.  It will be terrible in pub gigs, but it will look awesome on a Glastonbury stage with the full light show.  If you get past the Phil Collins drum beats and embrace the anxieties of your inner teenager, whilst air-grabbing and singing-along until somebody catches you, then you will feel the power, the charm and the weight of a new band in rapid ascendancy.  Let’s hope that they continue to aim for the stars and cool down anything that lacks integrity, for only then will they manage to avoid the minefield of indie pitfalls that await. (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        VERSUS THE CIRCUS – TEARDROPS

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