The Blueskins – Magic Rd EP
Frenetic and jangly bluesy punk rockers The Blueskins have created a brilliant collection of seventies tinged songs in the ‘Magic Rd EP’. From the hard-edged folk-rock of ‘Ellie Meadows’ to the chaotic fun of ‘Can’t Get Down’ this EP is a treat to the ears. The ease they display in slipping between styles while keeping up the energy makes this EP stand head and shoulders above the mainstream of new rock. The echoes of Detroit and the music of 1970?s can clearly be heard but this diminishes the impact not a jot. Especially good, for my money, is the blues metal sounds of ‘Lager And Lime’ that cram powerchords and passion into a blistering two and a half minutes.
Label : Domino
Website : www.theblueskins.com
The Cornerstones – Smack Me In The Face
This, the debut release from the west London five-piece, is not the track you might imagine from the title. I am well aware that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I was all geared up for an aural assault of speaker blowing noisecore or at least a mind boggling BPM. As you have already guessed, that didn’t happen. Instead what oozed from my stereo was more akin to Crowded House given a splash of prog rock and left to marinade nicely for 48 hours. When I had reset my expectations accordingly I found ‘Smack Me in The Face’ a pleasantly lilting experience. It was an experience that continued with the other songs on the single. The Cornerstones create a passionate yet gentle vibe that blends depth with confidence.Label : Redemption
Website : www.thecornerstones.net
Delays – Long Time Coming
Being unashamedly pop and being good at it too is a rare enough thing. To do it consistently is even rarer. The Delays have managed to continue their run of sun blessed guitar pop tunes that mix the West Coast sound, eighties indie and the timelessness that good pop song writing instils. ‘Long Time Coming’ will have you singing, dancing and humming along joyfully for many moons.
Label : Rough Trade
Website : www.thedelays.co.uk