THE STANDARD LAMPS – Mono EP www.thestandardlamps.com
A frustrating band name if you want people to find you on Google, The Standard Lamps are a three-piece band who have already landed support slots with The Who and in the autumn support the Bluetones.
Speaking of The Who, on songs like ‘Rosie’ and ‘The Trains Of Tunbridge Wells West’ (yes that is an instrumental as hard to imagine it forming part of a catchy chorus), they sound like the late 60′s/early 70′s Who.
‘The Goodlife’ with its punchy beat reminded me of the Godfathers, whilst the lead song ‘The Model World’ is based on a cracking guitar riff and features a nifty harmony vocal section midway through the song.
The Standard Lamps shine a bright light on their music (sorry couldn’t resist a light based pun) and they have strong melodies and songs. You can see why they have landed such prestigious support slots and these songs should help the band get more established. Modern blues/rock with a heavy nod to the classic Who sound. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
TWO BEATS APART Aim, Fire EP
St Albans duo Tasha (vocals and piano) and Steve (guitar) have built steadily up to the release of their debut EP, working alongside the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Reeves Gabrels, got national airplay through a BBC Introducing feature, and featured in Hollyoaks.
Their brand of light acoustic based pop is of the sort you’d expect to hear on smaller ‘introducing’ stages throughout the summer festival season and it’s pleasant enough folk based pop. The opener – ‘Aim’ – is a gentle acoustic strummed number, with ethereal, dreamy, but a little muddied, vocals. It’s nice. ‘Fire’ follows a similar pattern – Tasha’s pretty vocals floating over a delicate accompaniment, but it’s somewhat repetitive in construction, while ‘Twentyfour’ is a moody number on which some welcome electric lead guitar work is added to the mix.
A refreshing enough cocktail, if somewhat short measured. Would it be enough to delay my trip to the beer tent on a balmy English summer afternoon? A definite maybe. ***
Review by Pete Whalley
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