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- What Happened To The Get To Know Ya? by Riding The Low
9/10 Ian Staff review, 20 September 2013
I guess the first thing that is totally unavoidable to say about Riding The Low is that they feature Midlands born actor and Shane Meadows cohort Paddy Considine, and it’s been a bloody long wait for this album I can tell you, considering their first EP ‘They Will Rob You Of Your Gifts’ was released way back in 2009. It has been well worth the wait though. ‘What Happened To The Get To Know Ya?’ is an absolute triumph, years of touring the pubs and clubs of the UK have really paid off for these boys, ‘Deck The Warhorse’ creeps in with a lovely little acoustic flutter and by the time you reach the anthemic ‘Great Day Out For The Boys’ you come to the conclusion that Riding The Low are your new favourite band.
To those of you that are familiar with Paddy will know he’s a huge Guided By Voices fan and that really shines through on this album, not in a bad tribute band sort of way, it’s just clear that GBV were a big influence on Riding The Low. It’s so good to have a band of this caliber in the UK again, one with a good solid songwriting talent and the balls to say f**k you to the mainstream, this is an album of rock ‘n’ roll swagger with a melodic charm and a just a little bit of a punk edge. ‘She Wanted To Be Burned’ has a great Beatles-y backing vocal and a horn section to rival the long forgotten but mighty ‘Lazarus’ by The Boo Radleys, ‘Cost Of Lifer’ is a gritty tale of working class life that builds into a full on punk rock stomper. It’s plain to see that this is a very English record, a fantastic album from start to finish, good old fashioned British guitar music at it’s best!
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