Waiters are a Manchester band who make indie rock with big aspirations, full of jangly guitar and what they call minimal composition that channels the downbeat indie rock of the 90s; "Perpetual Notion" recalls early Pavement if they were transposed into North England. 'What For Art Thou' is their new 12" EP, and it's recommended to indie rock revivalists with a penchant for slow and sneaky melodies.
8/10 Mike Staff review, 21 August 2014
Here's an EP of indie rock from Manchester's Waiters, which comes in screenprinted sleeves in an edition of just 100! Don't hang about if you want to get your hands on one, then. They're peddling a northern English take on the shambly and economical indie rock of bands like Pavement or Built To Spill, but with a kind of maudlin plod that reminds me of good old American emo acts like I Hate Myself, Mineral or Three Mile Pilot.
It's particularly effective in 'Mirror Threat' which switches between weary Kinsella-esque guitar interplay and chorus with Rob Crow-ish bass playing and Pall Jenkins-ish soaring hangdog vocals. The way the two guitar mumble along together on this one is really affecting. Overall it's a decent debut, with decent songs and a strongly-established aesthetic but a little more pace and variation would serve them well. Still, it's early days yet and fans of indie rock and melodic emo from the '90s will find plenty to like here.
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