Holes in the Wall Import
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Picked out by NME as 'one of the ten hottest guitar bands in the UK' & nominated for a 2002 Mercury Music Prize Award. The long awaited debut for the British indie act influenced by Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, the Boo Radleys & Charlatans. Tracks include, 'There's A Silence', 'Red Balloon For Me', 'It's Wasting Me Away', 'Silent To The Dark', 'Something's Got To Give' & 'Empty At The End'. 2002.
Brighton brothers Alex and Tom White may still be fresh-faced teenagers, but Holes In The Wall, their commendable debut album, could have been recorded at any time in the last 20 years. It bristles with the mysterious melodic chemistry that made Boo Radleys' Giant Steps and Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque such endearingly retrodelic prospects: a wide-eyed expansiveness, a sonic playfulness, and tunes ("Start Again", "There's A Silence", "Why Do You Try So Hard To Hate Me") with hooks so immediate they swagger into your head, grab the comfy chairs and start writing out party invites before they've even reached the second chorus. While on the surface this is traditional guitar fare, beneath the veneer this bares all the subtly applied hallmarks of a rock masterwork--the work of the White brothers themselves, who undertook much of the recording in their bedroom with an iMac, a bank of vintage synths, and all manner of digital mixing programs. The next album, doubtless, will be even better. But right now, as "Silent To The Dark"--think Graham Coxon in full pop Technicolour--phases back in after five minutes of majestic electronic psychedelia, Alex White cooing "When I needed someone to talk to / You were the only one around" it's clear you'd have to have a heart of stone to not be immediately sold. --Louis Pattison
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Their influences seem to be pretty numerous (as well as showing they're a group with excellent musical tastes) and they seem to change from track to track.Basically the tracks fall into 2 categories-basic up tempo rock songs or paired down new acoustic movement laidback tracks.In fact the first track manages to draw in both influences together.At times you think it sounds like Air and then when the louder chorus kicks in thiere is a real Pixies feel to it.The next 2 songs are very uptempo standard rock tracks.They're loud yet they have retained enough ear-catching melody that reminds me of Ash or Supergrass-especially as the group seem to be having plenty of fun into the bargain.Painful angst is kept down to a minimum.The next 2 tracks have a more laidback atmospheric feel to them.It's all got a late night sound-some acoustic,keyboards and some glorious vocal harmonies.Track 6 "Silent To The Dark"-the current single has a great mixture of sounds also.Acoustic sounds and vocoder vocals during the verses give way to a louder more up-beat and poppy chorus.It's a great choice as first single though it doesn't really warrant being 9 minutes long.The first 6 tracks are amazingly good-the quality takes a temporary dip during the next few tracks.Track 9 is a good return to form-the sound is more alt/rock from the U.S. then anything British.The chorus has an almost west coast punky feel without all the ....!The title track is a gentle ballad that almost has a Gallic sound to it.At times the vocals sound like an early Thom Yorke-in fact this track would be quite at home on Radiohead's "The Bends!"Of the 12 tracks I'd say 9 of them are excellent which is a good return.
The reports from the British music press has been very positive and they are beginning to get plenty of airplay on alternative radio.The Electric Soft Parade have shown on this c.d. that they have already begun to illustrate some of their enormous potential!
Look, it's not brain surgery here. Just good hooks, good verses, good choruses, you know, good music. Not too predictable, definitely not too experimental. Elements of Teenage Fanclub, Fountains of Wayne and, dare I say it, Supergrass.
I hate their name. I hate their album cover. I LOVE their music.
Trust me. Shell out the bucks for the import. If you've found this review, you'll like it. A varied, rocking, sometimes soft, good-for-a-party disc that you can definitely sing along with. In fact, your next party will be that much better with this on the hi-fi. Guaranteed.