EP: Crash My Ride
LABEL: Alcopop Records
FIVE WORD REVIEW: Brutally addictive and original rock-pop
LOCATION: London, England
LINE UP: Luke Barham(vocals/guitar), Matt Emery(drums/vocals), Nick Tanner(guitar), Tom Lewis(mandolin), John Harrington(bass)
WHAT’S THE STORY?: `Crash My Ride’ indicates that Stagecoach are quite an eclectic collection of musicians. The band’s spasmodic breed of rock-pop meanders from the sumptuously slick indie-pop of `Hieroglyphics’ to `Map To The Freezer’; a track that Weezer would jubilantly state ownership of.
Lyrically, Stagecoach are an unfamiliar quantity which causes a distinct juxtaposition of polished production accompanied by eccentrically unique lyricisim. For example, `Axe Behind My Back’ contains memorable guitar work that wouldn’t appear misplaced on the main stage of Glastonbury. However, just when Stagecoach appear to teeter on the cusp of mainstream appeal, their accessibility is compromised by lyrics that seemingly document a brutal murder. In retrospect, it is this ambivalent nature makes Stagecoach such a refreshing outfit.
`Fish Tank Glow’ is the E.P’s only drawback, as it disrupts its fluency. The track is unapologetically slow-paced and it deviates from the delectable rock-pop that Stagecoach truly excel at.
Nevertheless, this E.P is far more enjoyable than the majority of the bands that continue to over-saturate the indie market. If you enjoy inoffensive instrumentation with intuitively witty vocals, this may be the album for you.
SOUNDS LIKE: Tellison, if they decided to write about murders and record sporadic animal noises.
YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You enjoy the raw lyrical earnestness of Weezer, but want to abduct them and throw them into a time machine that will send them back to their Pinkerton era.
Submitted By ASmith