Angel Air Records www.angelair.co.uk [Release date 07.10.13]
This Peterborough-based band have some big name backing in the shape of Little Steven and Mott The Hoople’s Overend Watts, in fact the band support Mott The Hoople on their Manchester UK date in November (2013).
This is a very enjoyable bunch of pop/indie rock tunes, with opener ‘We Are The Monsters’ sounding like classic R.E.M. meets the Godfathers and one for the airwaves. ‘Balloon Man’ is one of those songs that wriggles into your consciousness and doesn’t let go, plus love the Byrds approved guitar break midway through. Further 60’s influence on the groovy ‘There’s Always A Chance’ and on ‘Stick Man’ they sound a little like the Levellers. At sixteen songs you certainly get VFM.
Reminded me a lot of the Denis Greaves & the Truth album released back in the late 80’s that Kerrang! classed as AOR, yet like that album the Contrast have a whole host of musical ideas going on.
Review by Jason Ritchie
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