When I initially scanned over the information for Coventry duo, MALIK AND PETTITE and then watched the opening images from the video for ‘No More Love,’ I hate to say it, but for some reason I immediately thought of those two totally uninspiring brothers from Scotland that were on X-Factor or one of those type shows a few years back. (I’m probably the only sad bastard to think that, but there you go.)
BUT as soon as the song kicked in properly, I was reminded exactly why every band / artist deserves to be heard, and certainly not prejudged.
With a dude who reminds me visually of a young Joe Strummer and a track that is just so infectious, I was hooked! ‘No More Love’ is a simple, totally uncomplicated, fresh sounding, uptempo, melodic and unashamedly ‘pop’ acoustic track.
‘Rise Up,’ follows the same basic formula, but I think with a little tinge of Country thrown in for good measure. The harmonies on both tracks are first class and and the bright refrain throughout ensure both carry that impulsive and compulsive ‘foottapability.’ (Made up word.)
I don’t have much information on these lads other than the fact that they started playing together in early 2009 and have opened for The Specials at their hometown show. (Indeed, Horace Panter from the band is glowing in his opinion.)
MALIK AND PETTITE’s debut EP, which contains both these featured tracks is available from the usual digital outlets.
Ones to watch, metinks.