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- We Never Win by Whales In Cubicles
8/10 Mike Staff review, 07 December 2011
And the winner of worst band name of the week (pipping Full Toilet to the post) goes to London newcomers Whales In Cubicles, who've appeared out of nowhere with this totally charming indie pop single with chiming guitars and the old Pixies quiet-verses-loud-choruses formula that has served so many bands so well. They're doing nothing new but this is undoubtedly a solid indie pop song, bringing to mind the likes of Architecture In Helsinki or even early Idlewild. On the flip there's an attempt at something a bit more epic that falls flat for me at first in the same way that The National fall flat (so loads of you will probably think it's great for the same reasons I think it's a bit of a dud). The singer gets some cracking flows going on in places, though...in places it really brings to mind Birmingham's Johnny Foreigner, a total guilty pleasure of mine, with its blatant borrowing from the best of the mid '90s post-grunge/indie rock/power pop sound - a sound of which I will probably never tire, because it was the sound of my youth. Anyway, that song on the B-side is kind of a slow burner (in the same way that The National probably think they're slow burners) and it really does pick up towards the end and I feel bad about making all those National comparisons now. Genuinely promising stuff, but guys, change the name while you still can.
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