MUSIC IN MANCHESTER
(Manchester Bands Section)
Review of Debut CD:
The tentative opening track `Hear What I'm Saying' begins in a low key fashion.
The lone bass notes could easily lead into Fall territory, but then the lead guitar snuggles alongside to guide the way to more welcoming territory. Lee Hayton's plaintive delivery kicks in, nervously starting off, but they always say that the first time is always the worst!
Just when you hope they can step up a gear, just when you feel as though the guitar should be meatier in the mix, the drums could come to the fore, the pace seems to drop.
`Never' kicks off by building on the previous feel, as the band gain in confidence and get used to playing down with each other for real, not just in a rehearsal room where they can stop and start, this time time is against them. The mix is better, the overall feel heavier, more effective.
Shanghai is just a good jamming track, a warm up for the fingers and the band with the overall effect sounding as if they laid down the tracks in the order they were recorded,
No doubt that when they have played them a few hundred times times in a live venue, perfected, built and delived them in different orders, styles, speeds they will be viewed in a different light
If they can beef it up for the live audience, who knows what might happen