Dipping into your daydreams with Keath Mead. Sunday Dinner is the debut full length from the South Carolinian musician. Definitely a revivalist, Mead evokes the summer of love and also the slacker indie pop sounds of the 90s. It's infectious psyche-indie-pop full of trippy guitars, swaying drums and Meads melodic croon. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Company Records.
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“I was just about to sit down and have me Sunday lunch” said Peter Hook on the moment he received the phone call to break the news of Ian Curtis’s death. And as we know there’s nothing better than a good Sunday's dinner. It’s not like any other dinner. You wouldn’t have Yorkshire puddings on a Saturday for example.
Aaaaanyway here is Mr Mead who has found a very innovative and google-friendly way of spelling Keith. He makes the type of harmonious pop music that is often made by the type of people that circle around the Teenage Fanclub universe. Not as good as Teenage Fanclub of course, a bit quirkier maybe but generally sounding like it has worshipped at the feet of Alex Chilton and his Big Star(s) at some stage. There used to be tonnes of this type of stuff in the mid 90’s when it became momentarily cool to sound like you’ve spent years picking apart and recreating the music of Emitt Rhodes.
Keath certainly gives it a go... ‘She Had’ sounds a The Sneetches rehearsal interrupted by Vangelis insisting that they cover Wings back catalogue in it’s entirety and as you might be able to tell from that sentence, it’s a complex album. I’m ready for the sort of big fat pop hooks that I’m just not hearing on first listen. ‘Change’ starts off great - somewhere betwixt Game Theory and Squeeze but where’s the chorus? I can’t find it anywhere. And therein lies the early day frustration - that and Keath’s very reedy voice.
I’m prepared to give it more goes though once the nylon picked guitars of ‘Settle For Less’ breeze in like a warm wind softly brushing the tips of my ears. Teenage Fanclub/Big Star/Squeeze fans may want to give this a go.
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