Bumping some happy fuzzy indierock, The Metatrons sound like somebody condensed a teenager’s perfect summer’s day into a song. On their new album Patterns of Chaos, the band from Hertfordshire continue their expedition into the territory of jangling pop with cheerful vocal harmonies that will make your day.
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If you’ve not watched ‘Britain's Best Part-Time Band’ yet then it could be a good idea to settle down with it for an hour or so. The Metatrons sound like the exact perfect band to appear on there. They play impressive if deeply unfashionable pop-punk that references the Buzzcocks, the Primitives and the Darlingbuds. They seem to have been beamed in fully formed from the lower reaches of the 1987 indie chart with their upbeat, unpretentious tunes and puppy dog-like enthusiasm.
Their sound is kind of antiquated without being C86 retro cool, just like the slightly older group of bands that tagged rather awkwardly onto the outer reaches of that scene (I’m thinking the Parachute Men, the Heart Throbs). Most of these tracks have the same kind of poppy chirpiness as blueprinted by the Primitives 'Crash' before they calm things down with ‘the Distance’ a song which in '87 we’d have said had some serious REM influences going on. Other than these moments of variation it’s hard to pick out a particular song for praise, they are all perky, fuzzy and feeling pretty darn happy with themselves.
For the casual listener it's the sort of stuff that you’d be happy to nod along to while checking your phone and waiting for headline act the Primitives to take the stage whereas obsessed fans of '80s indie pop may well have reached nirvana by the third track. What I like about this lot though is their pure honesty, they are playing the kind of music they love without pandering to fashion. They should perhaps give Rhod Gilbert a call.
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