An indie folk five piece from Coventry led by Ross Darby and featuring All Britain fiddle/mandolin champion Neal Pointon, THE FALLOWS’ Irish heritage would be evident on Liars & Kings (4 Real) even without a pretty little number called Kerry Girl, Washed Out and Cast The First Stone the sort of stomping shanty you can imagine whipping up a storm at the pub ceilidh.
Pointon gets the wheel turning with some fine fiddling on the title track opener, a fiery little number that will doubtless call to mind the Waterboys and the band mix the tempos to good effect, bouncing along with I’ll Let you Know while taking it down to a slow funeral march beat for Red and kicking up the dust for the acoustic Run Like A Dog.
Closing numbers Broken Glass and the Stamping Their Feet show they know how to put together the sort of crowd swaying anthems to bring the pub crowd together at closing time. As such, they’re probably better live than on record (indeed, they’re apparently one of the city’s hardest working bands), but this is a perfectly respectable and enjoyable effort that certainly makes you want to check them out in the flesh.
POP WILL EAT ITSELF dig into their closet for A Lick Of The Old Cassette Box, a 2 disc Cherry Red reissue of their 1994 debut album Dos Dedos Mis Amigos that now also features 12 previously unreleased tracks and demos from 1995/1996 that were intended to form the follow up. Fusing dark industrial dance and metal on the opening No Contest, it’s a fascinating look at an album that, on that, Hangman, Point Blank:Zero Teturn and 1-800 Outsider especially, aligns the band with both The Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails. Intense and claustrophobic, other titles include the slow marching space- industrial clank of I’m Gonna Get You Baby, Talent Plus Attitude Equals Dollars, Out Of Darkness Cometh Light and Big Green Head, all of which sound remarkably prescient and contemporary for recordings that are almost 20 years old.
Readying next year’s new album, THE TWANG serve up an early taster with new single The Wobble, a sonically subdued and sinuous steady rhythm 90s indie dance number with rippling guitars and almost conspiratorially laid back vocals that weaves a hypnotic spell. If it’s representative of the album, then their virulent detractors may find themselves eating their words come 2014.
Make a House A Home is a self-released live EP by LOUISE PETIT, recorded at a house concert this April with Petit on guitars and uke, Russ Sargeant on double bass and Tim Heymerdinger on percussion, the lads both providing harmonies. Inevitably, the sound quality isn’t particularly polished (the percussion can be a bit upfront, making the inclusion of a song called Louder Than Your Dum rather ironic) and some of the chat could have been edited out, but it does again reinforce the impression of an acoustic folk-Americana answer to Fairground Attraction.
The liltingly infectious shuffling Home gets the ball rolling on a set that also features the uke waltzing Damn This Part Of Me (a hint of The Be Good Tanyas here), the jazzy Ghosts which, like the frisky brushed snare Demons, was included on her recent studio EP and the gently undulating acoustic strum of a bittersweet Never To Return that shows her sweet, country tinged voice to good effect. A ‘bonus’ campfire sing song, Let It Go, that has everyone joining closes proceedings, perfectly encapsulating the easy going, warm and homespun (pun intended) nature of the EP. You probably had to be there to fully appreciate it, but listening certainly makes you w ant to be the next time and she’s clearly a name keeping a very close eye on in the months ahead. Oh, and the EP also comes with a strip of stickers so you can decorate the sleeve too.