To The Bones - Duke Type A - Album (Medici Records)
Tuesday March 17th 2009,11:44.
Filed under: Local Releases, Reviews
Released in the fall, it’s taken us some time to get our hands on the debut album from the biggest thing in Bolton after Kevin Davies. You may have seen videos for standout singles ‘Rex’ or ‘Sharkbone Symphony’ adorning your TV screen in the meantime.
The fuzz-party-rock style evident in those two tracks runs rampant throughout the 10-track and makes for one hell of a ride overall. It’s as if Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and At The Drive-In are having a heated argument about their favourite Motorhead records. It’s the energy, tempo and all-round rock that those three bands embody, put together with a blessing of Seattle grunge.
Rhys Bradley’s vocals are at their finest on ‘Rex’, letting loose in raucous fashion with pained shouts and rasping cries. In a good way though - this is after all rock n’ roll, no matter what the lyric sheet says. ‘Tycho’ is Pixies at their most emotive. ‘Cay Augustina’ and ‘Ginza Blackjacket’ are distant relatives of Dinosaur Jr.
Namechecks that aren’t being used in exagerration. There’s no reason why To The Bones can’t enjoy some degree of success, and that they can’t leave their own musical milestone behind with a few more albums under their belts.
Already impressing the folks at BBC, NME and RockSound, the band should undoubtedly be breaking out of Bolton anytime soon. The real question is whether the rest of the world is ready?
FOR FANS OF : Pixies, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Nirvana.