The English indie quartet Sugarmen released the LP Live Freaks on the 10th.
Sugarmen – Central Line
A nine track release recorded live in Sheffield (England) – the mod tinctured second song – Central Line – zings through the room in soaring temperament which finds the listener, even if they were not at the gig, stamping around their own venue with arms raised aloft and feet hitting the ground with enough force to immediately rebound skywards.
With a more earthy sound to it than their last feature – Throw Ourselves In is highlighted by the double time percussion which gives the track a tempo that rips straight in to the brain, while the flexibility of guitar gives the song its crustiness with bass and vocal setting up phrases for the audience to get involved.
The end of the month sees them on a brief England, Scotland tour with Jaws.
24 Nov – Liverpool, Magnet
26 Nov – Newcastle, Riverside
27 Nov – Edinburgh, The Caves
29 Nov – York, The Crescent
30 Nov – Sheffield, Plug
01 Dec – Birmingham O2 Institute
Their début single She’s Got It Down is centred around a dreamy melodic flow of guitars, which harks back to Factory Records, taking the listener on a beguiling ride of psychedelic colours, in a track that attests to the strong songwriting skills that lay behind the output as the song unhurriedly drifts through its just over three and a third minutes duration.
The last of the five tracks – Let Go – was revealed yesterday.
Perhaps the most expressive and layered track of the EP with a marked slowing down of pace in the opening segment and a song which is highlighted by shimmering echoing guitars and the depth of bass giving the composition a feeling of sadness – unsurprisingly – making it my pick of the release.
The English indie quintet The Collision are almost set to release their début EP.
Formed earlier in the year The Collision seep influences of US indie-dance in to their output, which enables them to deliver music of transatlantic appeal and rather than languishing in the Sargasso sea are able to deliver a soundtrack which has a winding brit-pop inside a more pristine US indie-pop that has a resonance on both sides of the ocean.
The first song to surface from the forthcoming full-length is Never Gone.