As summer dissipates and autumn crackles, it is harder than ever to keep up with the bleeps, sounds and words that make up the music scene. Luckily, I still have nothing better to do with my time. Strap in for singles club…
Morrissey – Spent the Day in Bed
As Morrissey becomes older and seemingly ever more grumpy, sarcastic and racist, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the music from the man. Luckily, ‘Spent the Day in Bed’ is Mozza’s best track for years. From the jaunty piano intro to the string laden conclusion, this is vintage Morrissey. It’s catchy and memorable and the lyrics are odd and funny without being flat out annoying. It’s nice to see the former Smiths front man making headlines for something other than being a bit of a prick.
Shed Seven – Room in my House
Aside from the big four of Oasis, Blur, Pulp and Suede, there aren’t many survivors from the Britpop scene left. Ash struggle gamely on and Gaz Coombes is still releasing great music but for many of their contemporaries it is a case of diminishing returns or disappearing from the limelight all together. Shed Seven have managed to remain popular without actually releasing any music however, mainly due to their success as a live band.
‘Room in my House’ is the first new music from the York band in over 15 years. Unsurprisingly it isn’t quite vintage Shed Seven but it is certainly a match for anything on 2001’s Truth Be Told. Shed are never going to reinvent the wheel but their fans don’t want them to. ‘Room in my House’ is exciting and vibrant and has one of the bands trademark singalong choruses. It’s great to see Rick Witter and co gain a new lease of life in the studio and their upcoming album Instant Pleasures will be one of the most anticipated of the year.
Gengahr – Carrion
Gengahr quietly released one of the best albums of 2015 with their debut A Dream Outside but so many bands in the guitar scene only seem to have one good album in them. ‘Carrion’ is a move away from the soothing, ethereal soundscape of their first record into something more insistent. There are hints or Radiohead and the Maccabees but this is still unmistakably them.
Gengahr are unique enough and different enough that they have earned a shot at the big time on their second album. ‘Carrion’ is certainly an encouraging sign post that the band could fulfil their limitless potential.
Slim pickings elsewhere in the music scene this week. Hurts are a band I know absolutely nothing about but I have seen their name on festival line ups and in the music media. New single ‘Hold on to Me’ is pleasant enough but it occasionally veers into Take That territory. I think it’s safe to say that Hurts aren’t for me.
Notable albums released this week:
Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero
Enter Shikari – The Spark
The Horrors – V
Josh Ritter – Gathering
Killers – Wonderful Wonderful
Macklemore – Gemini
Lemon Twigs – Brothers of Destruction
Reverend and the Makers – The Death of a King
Van Morrison – Roll with the punches