EP reviews: THE BOSTON SHAKERS, LIBERTY SHIP

Liberty Ship

LIBERTY SHIP http://www.libertyshipband.com/

Liberty Ship I discovered at the Broken Witt Rebels gig, who this band preceded. They hail from Sheffield, where they have been creating a bit of a buzz locally and I picked their six song CD up at their merch desk.

They have a new single ‘Learning To Fly’ just out.  Starting with a sparkly guitar riff before the vocals of Lee Mavers kick in. He has a very melodious voice and is backed by the harmony vocals of the band. This song reminded me a little of Cast, mainly in the jangly guitar and vocals.

Onto the six track CD and pick of the bunch is ‘Fire Your Love’ which took me back to those early 90′s ‘Madchester’ bands. Bit of the Stone Roses going on in the guitar and the bass throbs in the background demanding your attention.

‘What Point’ is a bouncy pop rocker – this one would appeal to fans of the Dunwells. Like the Dunwells, Liberty Ship use harmonies to great effect in their songs. ‘Neon Light’ is a great piece of proper rock ‘n’ roll – loving those drum fills and guitar.

Liberty Ship are a real find and another in the fine line of indie pop/rock bands the UK has produced. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

THE BOSTON SHAKERS http://www.thebostonshakersmusic.com/

The Boston Shakers are from France and the US, having now settled in the UK. This six piece band have already picked some favourable exposure including BBC 6 Music.

Musically they have a guitar led rock sound, adding in electronic stylings, although I personally don’t hear the hip-hop/dance influences the band’s bio mentions. They have two demos currently available, namely ‘Black Magic’ and ‘The Best Things In Life Are Free’. The latter reminiscent of the Stone Roses and Oasis in the guitar parts.

Go have a listen as these two songs hold much promise of similar quality songs to come in the future ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

LAST GREAT DREAMERS Glitterball Apocalypse Ray Records

Back in 1995 Last Great Dreamers were tipped by Kerrang to become huge. I don’t remember them and I assume that they fizzled out around the same time. Twenty years on and with a Pledge Music campaign behind them, the band have just released new single “Glitterball Apocolypse”, a song that mixes ‘70’s glam with ‘90’s Brit pop with a very distant nod to Hanoi Rocks (and distant at that).

With an atmospheric opening, lyrics that may have sombre overtones and music that almost makes that fade away- this is a nostalgia friendly track that should make the band friends on their forthcoming tour with Tigertailz.

“The Way We Collide” has an overall more Beatles like feel to it but once again should please the live audience. ***

Review by Nikk Gunns


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