ALBUM REVIEW : DRINKS – ‘Hermits On Holiday’

This ‘DRINKS’ article was written by Greg Clark, a GIGsoup contributor

While DRINKS consist of the glorious Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley, they describe themselves as “A solo Project, not collaboration. It has one mouth, one set of lungs, one mind and four legs.” If this sort of quirkiness appeals to you, then there is a good chance you will love Hermits on Holiday.

The 9 track album is a veritable cornucopia of bleeps, infectious hooks, and vocals and a sense of innocence that only adds to the charm of an album that perhaps shouldn’t work quite as well as it does.

Opening track Laying down Rock is built around a guitar hook and sets the precedent for the next 41 minutes. The song itself can be likened to Paul McCartney singing karaoke to a song from Blurs Think Tank (In case of confusion, that’s a good thing!). Focus on the Street comes next and while this Yeah Yeah Yeahs inspired jagged ball of frenetic fuzz is a lot of fun, tt wouldn’t have harmed the track to be a minute shorter ending as suddenly as it started rather than petering out with a whimper.

Although they claim to be one mouth, the way in which Le Bon and Presleys voices combine is a thing of beauty. This can be heard on Canon Mouth and throughout this impressive release. She Walks so Fast and the title track Hermits on Holiday are perhaps the strongest tracks on the album and are slotted quite nicely into the middle of the chaos whilst Cheerio and Time Between bring the album to a close – it has to be said that one is left wanting more as this album concludes which can only bode well for future releases.

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The album isn’t by any means perfect and that in itself is a positive. If this album was polished it would lose the very essence of what makes it so much fun to listen to. The one major problem with Hermits on Holidays is that a few of the songs tend to be too long. Spilt the Beans is by no means a bad song but clocking in at just under 7 minutes has just a faint whiff of overkill.

This album is something very different from the norm which in today’s music scene is a refreshing change from the number of somewhat diluted cookie cutter albums.

‘Hermits On Holiday’ is out on the 21st August 2015, via Heavenly Recordings. You can see DRINKS at one of the following venues…

Saturday 5th September – LARMER TREE GARDENS – End Of The Road

Sunday 6th September – PORTMEIRION – Festival No.6

Tuesday 8th September – GLASGOW – CCA

Wednesday 9th September – MANCHESTER – Soup Kitchen

Thursday 10th September – LONDON – Lexington

Thursday 11th September – BRIGHTON – The Hope

Friday 12th September – LONDON – On Blackheath

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ALBUM REVIEW : DRINKS - 'Hermits On Holiday'