NAME: Sound of Rum
EP: Best Intentions/Give
LABEL: Sunday Best
FIVE WORD REVIEW: More than a bit rum
LOCATION: London, UK
LINE UP: Kate Tempest, vocals; Archie Marsh, guitars; Ferry Lawrenson, drums
WHAT’S THE STORY?: Bang a drum, it’s those feisty newcomers Sound of Rum!
Rumpelstiltskin. Rum Customer. Rumbled. Rumbelows. Rump…
They have a debut album called Balance out now!
SOUNDS LIKE: Best Intentions sounds a bit like a more melodic take on The Streets. Concerning regret and reality in life and love, the lyrics are quite sharp. Problem is rapper Kate Tempest sounds like a stroppy pre-pubescent boy. Everything comes back to this fact. There’s just no escaping it.
On the other hand, after a promising start, track two ‘Give’ somehow crosses over what sounds like parody around the 0.24 mark. Gruff, grim, drink and drugs and all that other ‘real’ urban guff. Possibly there’s a point being made, but this just returns us to the inescapable fact in paragraph 1.
What follows are seven remixes of the aforementioned tracks. Remixes outnumbering actual content. Were not in Kansas anymore.
YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: you like The Streets.
Submitted By Andrew Gregory