The Districts are a real indie rock band, writing about their lives and loves and singing it out above sharp and sweeping anthemic guitars. Popular Manipulations is an emotionally engaged set of rock music that is grown-up, but not so much so that it loses its vulnerability. Released on CD and LP by Fat Possum.
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- FP16384 / Limited indies only orange coloured vinyl LP on Fat Possum
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Could they actually sing any louder? It's Arcade Fire isn't it? They've made it ok to be anthemic but nobody remembers Runrig making music big enough for the whole of Scotland to hear.
So the spectre of the awful Canadians are all over this but there are a myriad reasons why this is better. Interesting lyrics for one, actual passion for another. No irony. Tracks like 'Violet' are rather great. It's brutally made fist pumping big music that has the sort of catchy synth line running through it that could be described as 'festival friendly'. Yet like the music of the Waterboys this isn't just bluster - its a good song something that can't be said of 'Ordinary Day' unfathomably picked out as a single yet it's the blandest thing here (maybe we have the reason right there). There's a Celtic quality to some of their guitars which tangle beautifully behind the impassioned vocals. Sometimes you think The Districts are capable of taking the mid 2000s indie rock sound to the big stages - certainly there's tracks here where if they had their own religion I may be convinced to follow.
What we have here is a kind of cross between Bright Eyes and the Killers. They'll have you believing.
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