Album review: THE DOWLING POOLE – Bleak Strategies

The Dowling Poole - Bleak Strategies

369 Records [Release date:  11.08.14] https://www.facebook.com/TheDowlingPoole

Not a Drowning Pool tribute band but the latest poprocktastic creation from Willie Dowling (Honeycrack/Jackdaw4) and his co-collaborator Jon Poole (ex-Cardiacs). They have funded this via Pledge Music and they sing and play all the instruments, with Givvi Flynn adding backing vocals and taking lead vocals on ‘Clean’.

From the opener ‘The Sun Is Mine’ that recalls the great XTC, you just know this is going to be a fine album. ‘A Kiss On The Ocean’ is how you write a perfect pop rock song folks. From the blissful chorus (shades of Madness at times and ELO on the ‘ooh la la’ backing vocals) through to the splendid verses, it takes the listener on a harmonious pop journey. ‘Saving It All For A Saturday’ has the Kinks knack for wrapping a mundane slice of life into a memorable tune.

There is so much to enjoy on here, with plenty going on in the musical background – it’s amazing what a layered sound these two musicians can create. There are Beach Boy approved harmonies (‘Paper, Scissors, Stone’), hints of their previous bands (Jackdaw4 on ‘Twilight Subplot’) and most importantly they carry on the tradition of English musical whimsy. If you like XTC, The Kinks, The Beatles, 10cc – you will love this album trust me.

You can get this currently on Pledge Music and try their Facebook page as lovers of power pop/pop rock your album of the year has arrived!  ****1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

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