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Broken Links – The Fine Line Between Choice/Decay

April 9, 2010 by  

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Broken Links – The Fine Line Between Choice/Decay

NAME: Broken Links
EP: The Fine Line Between Choice/Decay
YEAR: 2010 (April 26th)
LABEL: BL Records

FIVE WORD REVIEW: A luxury but unessential purchase.

LOCATION: Southampton, UK

LINE UP: Mark Lawrence (vocals and guitar) / Lewis Betteridge (bass) / Phil Boulter (drums)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Southampton’s perennial support act release second EP after a hectic touring schedule. At six songs, the collection is mostly filled engrossing songs, heavily influenced by Depeche Mode, Joy Division, and The Cooper Temple Clause among others. Nevertheless, the EP is almost lost in very long mostly atonal outro’s that dominate and unfortunately confuse the experience.

The songs themselves however are actually very interesting, the highlight being ‘Therapy Sessions In The Dark’. A real art student instant classic, it’s great to strike some terrible poses to the verse and cut serious shapes to a huge sing-a-long chorus. Massively ambitious, it would be a great early evening Pyramid Stage excerpt- but yet again, a long outro that sounds like it could develop goes nowhere, which is a real shame.

Other standout tracks are the opener ‘Reinvent’, which rocks hard compared to other songs here, and the closing instrumental ‘In Your Headlights’ would soundtrack a couple’s first argument quite aptly. For all the long sprawling outros, the songs themselves kick back in very nicely. It’s definitely a stylish and lavishly produced EP, with sweeping choruses and much promise; the tunes are quite forgettable, but definitely a band to watch out for. For a small line-up, they make some monster noises.
SOUNDS LIKE: Mansun, Gary Numan, Ultrasound, Muse, hints of Hawkwind on those expansive outros.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: Staring at ceilings with your eyes closed, and being taken somewhere not wholly unfamiliar, but stranger than most British rock bands could imagine.

LINKS: Official Website // MySpace

– Owen Williams



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