With the Kings Of Leon’s new LP sitting high in the charts, another Neil Young’s Greatest Hits on the way, The Shins being just brilliant and The Magic Numbers in rapid ascension, The Tailors demo swings through the cornfields and into DiS’ hands at the perfect moment. Pedal steel crescendos tint these four tracks with gorgeous vibrancy and colour – ‘Backslap Club_’s slow country stomp and ‘Giddy and Maudlin’s ballad led sweetness immediately showcases this band’s knack for a killer country hook.
The catchy groove that runs through ‘A New Hairdo’ is reminiscent of Evan Dando at his best - minus all the stateside whiny bits. The vocals teeter on the edge of tearful breakdown, yet still maintain a strength and control – eat your face off Ryan Adams. The highlight and possibly the best set of lyrics DiS has ever received from the demo pile, comes in the pure heart and soul of final track ‘Your Voice’. A hymn to the pains of solitude wrapped in a harmony led, slow-swing of prickly guitars – Gram Parsons are you in there? Thank fk London can still produce people who write songs; who care about the music and their playing, and who don’t seem to give two sts about anything else.
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