For all their allusions there is something fresh here. Evoking the spirits of Spearmint and the Boo Radleys is hardly an overused tactic, nor would you think an advisable one. But somehow the raw energy and sense of summer lift the record and serve to emphasise the introspective moments even further. »
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standard fare may be named after a sign spotted on a bus, but the effect is anything but pedestrian - these sheffield indie - poppers are the kind of band whose name you'd happily scrawl on the cover of your school exercise book. a power trio comprising emma kupa, danny how and andy beswick, release their debut album, 'the noyelle beat', jointly on melodic and thee sheffield phonographic corporation. packed with lovelorn tunes, youthful energy and emma and danny's brilliantly balanced his 'n' hers vocals. the album is sure to be warmly received by fans of such kindred spirits as camera obscura / los campesinos / pains of being pure at heart. recorded in six days with an indie aesthetic that would have made john peel proud, the album is named for a formative period in the band's development when they travelled across the channel to play at a festival in noyelles sous lens, france. it was where we felt our sound came together.
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