Lifted from their forthcoming second album ‘Wildebeest,’ this track has the Leeds / Glasgow five-piece showcasing a more mature and rounded sound. The previous comparisons to The Wedding Present still hold in places, but are diluted a little with Johnny Marr-esque guitar chimes and vocalist Robert Armstrong’s strong, deep vocal reminding me more of a very early Tim Booth.
Weirdly, ‘17th Failed Hope Song,’ manages to sound quite morose, but vibrant and uplifting at the same time.
It’s an intoxicating combination.
‘B-side’ ‘House Of Ghost’ is equally as strong. The vocals are again really strong and distinct ( I know, I sound like my Dad!) and the guitar breaks really infectious. It does perhaps reflect a little of the ‘old’ FOR ABEL in that there is a bit of a retro sound about it, but if you like your post-punk sounds of Northern England circa the late Seventies to mid Eighties, then you’re just gonna love this!
(Released through State 51 and First Killing Records on 29th October 2012)