BRAND NEW: 1990’s – “The Box”

1990’s are a three piece “indie rock” band that come from Scotland. “The Box” is a song from their new album, “Kicks”, which should be out now I think. I’d heard “See You at the Lights” before, and it seemed like a pretty good song. It was catchy. So I listened to this with a bit of an idea of what to expect, and I wasn’t disappointed.

“The Box” starts with a cool guitar riff underlayed with some organ-type synth sounds and a strong bass. The vocals are standard rock fare, and the ‘ooh-oohs’ and ‘nah-nahs’ sound good. The drums have a good rolling line, and it sounds like the band have introduced a deep bass synth line in this song but I’m not sure. Anyway, it sounds good. The backing vocals support the main vocals at the right times for a good effect. There’s a pretty good solo in it too. A good song, I really should buy one of their albums or something. Good. Good, good, good, good, good. And good. Quick, someone expand my immediate vocabulary of positive adjectives, dammit!

If you want a free download of “The Box”, you can get it here provided the blog hasn’t been updated with more free music and it taken down. But don’t think it will have. Maybe. I’m not sure. Just go there.

Also – Myspace page.

Photo found on Myspace page, credited to Miss Eleonora.


REVIEW: We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Quiet Little Voices” and “Moving Clocks Run Slow”

These guys are a Scottish band who have recently emerged to acclaim in the blogosphere with their track “Ships With Holes Will Sink”. Only being signed to FatCat Records late last year, they’d previously been playing local gigs around Glasgow and Edinburgh for a number of years.

With the obvious Scottish accent shining through on the vocals, this group have something quite different to what I’ve heard before. “Quiet Little Voices” has a fast-paced guitar riff that moves through the introduction to be joined by a fitting bass line, and the two stick together throughout the verse. Distant-sounding backing vocals fill the chorus with “Ohs” and add another element of depth to the ironic yet appropriate blasting chorus.

Another track to be found on their MySpace is “Moving Clocks Run Slow”. Beginning with drums then joined by an alternating guitar riff, though this one different sounding than “Quiet Little Voices”, more sombre, it moves through to introduce a second guitar the joins the riff with it’s own melodic line that interweaves between the two. The ability for the band to seemlessly change the pace of the song and tone between bridges, choruses, and verses sets them apart from those who clearly cannot. This song manages to build up, and settle down, and build up effortlessly.

These guys reportedly have an LP due for release this year.

Take a look at their MySpace: We Were Promised Jetpacks – MySpace

Photo found on MySpace page, no specific artist credited.