Chesterfield five-piece TAKE THE SEVEN (go figure!) are sure to gain more followers with the release of their debut mini-album at the start of 2012.
I think it fair to say that the seven tracks on ‘Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious’ offer nothing blindingly different to a plethora of other alt-rock bands, but what they do present us with is an energy-filled and powerfully presented album. Indeed, the accompanying Press Sheet states that the band are influenced by the likes of The Blackout, We Are the Ocean, Kids In Glass Houses and Funeral For A Friend. Certainly, I can identify with the last two in particular.
Whilst it’s always interesting to hear bands create their own distinct sound and produce something entirely individual, this simply isn’t always going to be possible. There are only a finite number of musical notes and possible arrangements after all. So there is absolutely nothing wrong with ’sounding like’ others – especially when you sound like TAKE THE SEVEN.
What I like about this little album is that the songs are all concise and tidy – each hovering around the four-minute mark, and not overstaying their welcome. They each have memorable hooks and excellent chant-along gang choruses that will go down a storm ‘live.’
The guitar solos are controlled and impressive, the riffs are punchy and the vocals strong and confident without over-reaching. This latter point is a particular big-bear of mine, with so many bands seemingly thinking that they can get by on this style of delivery without the need to have a particularly flexible and powerful range. Thankfully, this is not the case here and indeed it seems as though the whole band know their limits and consequently all seven tracks come across in a perfectly natural manner.
Yeah – based on the half hour of this album, I’d say that TAKE THE SEVEN is a name likely to be associated with tearing up a venue close to you in 2012.
(Released through all digital outlets on 9th January 2012)
(8.5 / 10)