Setting aside whatever religious agenda Coventry-based Lowdrive may have, their musical ability is there for all to hear. Right from the opening of ’Left To Hide’, you’re treated to a Seafood meets Idlewild**, rough round the edges feast of indie-pop loveliness.
Steve Jones is certainly a veritable singer and has a range in style that lends to the intrigue of this fine EP. ’Hanging By A Thread’ is a dark, bass-led affair, but it still rocks and would have a moshpit doing what moshpits do best upon the opening riff. It’s short and sweet, which is to the band’s credit as any attempt to indulge just wouldn’t suit their pop/punk style. The mandatory ballad comes in the form of ‘The White Flag’, (sadly not a Dido cover), and is the EP’s most forgettable moment.
‘Front Of The Line’ is certainly a grower, but it’s the ‘hidden’ track that plagues so many acts that actually sets this release apart from others. There’s something about a sparse vocal/acoustic guitar arrangement that always holds a certain appeal, but the cello that appears halfway through turns it from just another bog-standard indie track into something quite special.
It’s one of the most accomplished demos I’ve received in some time, and I’m writing about this EP because I’ve loved it from the first listen – probably because I haven’t had enough new doses of Idlewild or Seafood recently. But when you hold said bands in such high esteem, that’s no comparison that I use too lightly.
8Andrew Farley's Score