Here’s The Line-up:
Michael Turvey – Guitar, Vocals
Harry Street – Rhythm Guitar
Luke Jerome – Bass
Ralph Humby – Drums
Ben Riley – Saxophone, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Now regarding Slings and Arrows:
The single “You”:
This album sounds amazing from start to finish. This album is one of the catchiest melodies I think I’ve heard in a long time. It almost sounded like Oasis and The Beatles did some kind of crossover. Turvey has a softer voice in comparison with the bands I’ve heard before, but his voice is still just as sharp as his melodic ear as lead guitarist. Street is a perfect duel composition, but to be honest, his performance is overshadowed (audio-wise) by the craftsmanship of the bands V.I.P Ben Riley. If his arsenal of playing instruments is accurate, then he’s a regular Jon Paul Jones… I really like how he slapped some tracks with his signature piano scores… his backing vocals are also in perfect sync with Turvey, sounding almost like a flawless voice over. Jerome’s bass playing falls into the low range in this album, but I still like his Steve Harris type approach. He manages to truly stand out as a player and not simply “sustain the rhythm” like common bassists. Humby is the REAL rhythm holder; one could use this album as a drumming course. Touchpaper is the strongest song in terms of drumming aptitude in my opinion.
The band sites a selection of English bands as their influence, and so far, I’ve can hear where they were able to grab the positive elements of each and personalize it into their own unique delivery. Even softer ballads like Home & Tea are beautiful tranquilizing pieces that prove that these guys aren’t one-trick (or one-style) ponies.
They like English bands; The songwriting is on the level of the Stones. The rhyming patterns and melodic structure stayed on relative course with an expressive wittiness. This album was more brilliant than it was talented, but more talented than today’s modern chart toppers by a long shot. I’m really anxious to hear more work from these young men and wish them all the best in the near future.
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