I remember, back in the day, groups such as Ash, Divine Comedy and Pulp releasing debut LP’s that didn’t quite hit the mark. The latter actually required a couple attempts until people finally sat up and took notice. To that glorious list please add Carousels and Limousines. Their 2013 LP “Home to Andy’s” just didn’t quite do it for me. It lacked an originality and also that killer track that often defines an album. However, that is about to change.
November 17th 2014 see’s the release of the bands ‘Strange Love’ EP. Put simply, this is a real game-changer for the band.
The familiar rock sound is still present but now there is a whole new late 60’s soul quality to the music. In place of the Gaslight Anthem-esque ‘middle of the road’ rock are 4 tracks, any of which, could be defined as anthemic. The hooks, the chorus’s and the vocals are hugely impressive across every track on the EP and the ‘tweaked’ sound is devastatingly addictive. Every song is glouriously up-lifting and more importantly well written.
‘Don’t Look Down’ has the most infectious lazy guitar introduction which in-turn leads to a quite stunning vocal performance from Sam Gotley. It’s a show-stopper of a track that deserves radio airplay. ‘She’s in the Water’ dips it’s toe into the 60’s but still maintains a modern feel. From a vocal perspective it would be quite easy to confuse Gotley’s voice with that of Springsteen’s or Ocean Colour Scenes Simon Fowler … a higher compliment one can not give.
‘Strange Love’ is an acoustic masterpiece. It’s stripped back and needs no fluff or over production as the simplicity of the track is its charm. The vocal arrangement towards the climax of the track is haunting and offers a quite wonderful dark feel. However, it’s ‘Superman’ that steals the show here. The track simply supplies everything an indie-rock song needs, and it’s glorious chorus and thrashing guitars have you fumbling for the ‘repeat’ button time and time again.
The ‘Strange Love’ EP is out on the November 17th 2014. The band also have a series of live dates coming up and can be seen at…
Thur Nov 6 – Monarch, Camden
Mon Nov 10 – Komedia (acoustic), Bath
Thur Nov 13- Mr. Wolf’s, Bristol
Thur Dec 4 – Monarch, Camden
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