Southend-based Dark Globes came together over a few pints in the pub where the town’s creative minds tended to gravitate. They started as three-piece but soon expanded into a sextet with three guitarists. Debut album Everyone I Know Is Falling Apart does a good job of showcasing their influences, namely, Teenage Fanclub, Yo La Tengo, Galaxie 500 and Felt.
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What a week it has been for jangle pop what with Real Estate and Horsebeach albums and Hoops and Beach Fossils still to come.
Dark Globes also offer an alternative with a batch of songs which owe much to the way the Velvet Underground invented guitar breeze on their third album. Like Horsebeach, this band often sound like they are holding their sound together with bits of string. Unlike Horsebeach they delve back past the ‘80s for inspiration with songs that take their cue from Lou Reed, Neil Young but then re-tangle them in the same way as Yo La Tengo did on early albums such as ‘New Wave Hot Dogs’. ‘Air’ in particular is shot through with those kind of semi improvised dark undercurrents which owe something to Sonic Youth’s deepest New York atmospherics. There’s plenty of jangle too on ‘Alone’ where the murmured vocal and spangling guitar lines recall Felt.
Though they are a tad too slipshod right now for true greatness this record promises much and if you want to add to your list of sunny guitar bands then give it a spin.
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