If there's one thing that even some of the most accomplished bands have continuously tried and yet so often failed to do, is the seemingly impossible task of recreating a "live"_ sound whilst in a studio environment.
On that note alone, I would give Love Ends Disaster full marks for bravery, if that's the right word, as they have taken the almighty gamble of recording a warts-and-all live demo, complete with between song tuning and false starts, as well as the obligatory burst of feedback that you could well do with out given the circumstances, but hey, that's what playing live is all about, right?
At times, particularly on the Godspeed furrowing epic 'The Smallest Girl In The World', Love Ends Disaster emanate a monstrous array of sound that belittles their not-yet-out-of-the-rehearsal-room_ status, while the quirky bit-pop of 'John Major's Megadrive' has a spritely When Adam Met The Ants_ ring to it - Futureheads take note.
However, the title track does occasionally sound like the by-product of a bunch of people who've maybe listened to 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' one time too many and the closing 'TV' sounds distant and claustrophobic, yet you get the feeling in a live setting it would take on a whole new meaning.
Here's to 'Volume 2'.
6Dom Gourlay's Score