Sunday, 17 January 2010

The Skinny Boys
Two Days Old
Rating: 3/5

Liverpool's Skinny Boys are a band I've been following for a while now after I accidentally caught them live in Manchester. On the strength of their early 'Holding On' and 'French Underwear' demos, which were both exceptional (indeed, if it were a single in its own right- A: Holding On/B: French Underwear, I'd give it 4.5/5), I was excited to hear that they were planning a new release. Now remember this: as a rule, I don't like indie rock, so it should show the quality of this band that I'm prepared to sit up and take notice.

'Two Days Old', unfortunately is a little underwhelming compared to their previous efforts; it lacks the staccato buzz of the chords in 'French Underwear' and the bass growl and crunchy, melodic early Radiohead/Pixies leads of 'Holding On'. The riff is a bit 'Banquet' by Bloc Party, but unlike the former, doesn't resolve into anything more interesting, but stays at the same hi-hat heavy disco pulse throughout.

There's been some development in the singing, but that doesn't make up for the fact that it's a less interesting song to listen to. That's no reason to write off this band, however; it's not a bad single by any means- it's just they can do better, and I hope with their next single that they do.

'Two Days Old' is out 12th of April, and the launch party is at the O2 Academy Liverpool on the 14th. On the 26th of February they play the Studio in Manchester.
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