THIEVES - LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER
This new four track from Attention Thieves is a pretty solid collection
of non-nonsense rock – suitably fast, loud and furious enough
to suggest a great live experience while having a definite commercial
edge. The band might not seem much different from a bunch of other
emo bands out there, but they do what they do pretty well, and
it’s easy to see them commandeering Kerrang! covers and
building quite a fan base of sullen teens.
That’s not an attempt to belittle what they do, by the way.
While this might exactly be groundbreaking stuff, there’s
no arguing with its appeal. You’ll Be the One
has crossover commerciality written large across it, with soaring
vocals, crunching guitars and an infectious accessibility that
is begging for heavy rock radio airplay.
Backing this up are a trio of effective, suitably angst-ridden
yet melodic numbers – Bring Yourself to Justice,
Can’t Say and We
Won’t Live Forever are all decent, catchy,
lively rockers. None of these songs are offering up anything new,
but as emo goes – and like it or not, that’s what
this is, despite efforts to bracket the band in a proper punk
world – then this is a step or two above the average.
LES DE MONZE
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