In general, first impressions count. So when a beautifully packaged CD the likes of ‘Grey On White’ arrives on your desk, your anticipation levels are increased and your expectations raised. The music then has to be good, great even, or you’re gonna be mightily disappointed.
Fortunately, SATURDAY’S KIDS deliver! It’s easy to see why the South Wales quartet were personally invited to support the magnificent Future Of The Left on a recent UK tour, and why James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers has been so glowing in his recommendation.
Title track ‘Grey On White’ rumbles through its moody and growling three and three-quarter minute journey into your subconscious. The bass-led intro morphs into a background drone as guitars dance along the edges with the slightly maniacal vocals brooding and threatening. Nice.
If the opening track reminds me slightly of the London based French trio Underground Railroad, then ‘b-side’ ‘Black Pocket’ simply adds weight to the conviction. The beat is deliberate and incessant, driven by a rumbling bass line. The drone is more pronounced and the vocals more menacing. The pace kicks up in the final third, after a little bass / drum breakdown, and altogether by my reckoning, this is the stronger track and well worth checking out.
(Released through Art For Blind / Bombed Out on 20th February 2012)