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22 October 2012
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DEAR PRUDENCE - "COMING APART AGAIN"
We first blogged about Brighton residents Dear Prudence after their stunning performance at The Great Escape Festivalback in May. Since then Madeleine, Rick, Paul, Andy and Alexis have gone from strength to strength. Having had a very busy schedule this year the band have begun to establish themselves further, honing their svelte indie-pop sound into something very accurate and driven. The band have relocated to London where they are working on new material as demand for the five-piece's savvy lyric credentials and remarkable instrumentals increases. "Coming Apart Again" is a much more mellow affair from previous jaunt "Valentine" whereby this latest effort places a greater focus on the lyrical deliverance and how this interacts with each musical element. Poncia's glistening voice surges forth with absolute emotional intensity; a stark audible series of details which bores into any person's inner self and encourages sincere reflection. Mix this with jabbing warehouse synths and a dependable, constructive drum beat and the end product is an altogether rousing thoroughfare; anthemic choruses and pulsating tempo switches make this a really stand-out track for the band.
We at Owl By Night love a band who can subvert any stereotype or preconceived notion and smash it into a thousand pieces, Satellite Stories are one such band who carry on doing this over and over again. The foursome from Oulu in Finland continue to thrash seemingly clinical Scandinavian production values into brazen Brit-pop charm and scuffled indie nuances. Yes, we have said it before, but this band is unquestionably British regarding their aural aesthetic yet they manage to stamp their own Nordic identity and make the whole affair rather unique. Dare we coin the genre "Fin-tish" (Finnish/British) indie-pop? We think it is a foregone conclusion. "Sirens" is another skittish fusion of electric guitar menace and feverish drum beats. Yielding a voracious bass line against further guitar pangs overwhelms the ears in places where aggressive sounds barrage your ears into submission; it is invasive, brash and full of fractious juvenile intensity. Having vocals that could be found on a Two Door Cinema Club or Little Comets track adds to the overall appeal too as clefted Finnish utterances melt sweetly against a brassy instrumental backdrop and sidle into each choral outpouring. Satellite Stories have never sounded so good.
The Chevin are a relatively new band from Leeds who aim to rejuvenate a sanguine British music scene with their brand of stadium anthems and rousing compositions. Since plucking themselves out of the unknown the band have already supported the likes of White Lies and The Pigeon Detectives and they have also received welcome feedback after the release of their debut album "Borderland". Stripping away the falsities and glamour of commercial music, The Chevin bring back the honesty of lyrics, the importance of instrumental unison and good old-fashioned opinions. They have made sweeping statements about the current state of affairs within the UK music industry, something rather controversial indeed, but the important thing to remember is this band have the talent and ability to go far. "Champion" is a monumental track that is designed to be heard by many ears in one place; an arena filling epic where manic guitars striate thunderous bass lines and drum beats; piercing the air with energy and emotive force. With notable similarities to The Killers, Delphic or Cave Painting this band clearly have found their niche; Goliath numbers that pound at your chest and grab your attention. Lead singer Coyle Girelli has a grandiose set of chords that soar to higher ethereal levels and captivate your soul; the perfect attributes you could wish for from a new indie-rock collective.