Talked up and touted about as one of the next ‘big things’ they may be, but London sextet Ambershades haven’t exactly been heard much. In fact, I’ve never heard a note from them prior to this single, which follows the well received ‘Clap, Clap, Clap’ (reviewed here). ‘8th Day’ has Radio 2 drive-time written all over it, nay, emblazoned across it in fuck off huge neon lettering. It’s cheery, upbeat and tailor-made for lazy summer days, which are, obviously, the one thing missing that would make consumption of such a record more of a joy than a chore. In the bleakness of winter, ‘8th Day’ may as well be performed by Dodgy, such is its appeal. B-side ‘Dirty Thirty’ is a little hardier; resolutely 1970s in spirit, but still informed by later acts like Teenage Fanclub and The La's. This does show promise, but where Ambershades can hope to go creatively when they’re so fond of musical nostalgia is a mystery.
5Mike Diver's Score