Leeds-based Liverpool-born Ben Thomas began his journey as Big Tide when he hooked up with Eagulls/Pulled Apart By Horses producer Matt Johnson. Taking his influences from The Byrds, Big Star and Teenage Fanclub he’s created some pretty classy sixties-tinged power-pop with his new single Half The Time. Two track 12” pressed on 140g black vinyl.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 November 2017
That rarest of beasts a two track 12" which harks back to the times in the '80s and '90s when indie bands of all persuasions released janglesome treats that harked back to the days of the not-that-long-gone '60s. For these ears it is truly a treat to hear a 12" string guitar in 2017. No-one uses them these days and I just don't know why. The sound is exquisite and immediately brings to mind bands such as the Byrds, the Icicle Works, the Rain Parade and Guadalcanal Diary who weren't afraid to slather their songs in the sounds of the rickenbacker.
It's a bold move to sound so out of time but it means that old bores such as me get their ears tickled with some jingle jangle. Lead track 'Half the Time' is a Tom Petty-ish harmony drenched slab of 'classic rock' whilst 'Thirst for the Limelight' sounds unnervingly like any of the bands who trailed in R.E.M's wake in the mid 80's (thinking Dumptruck, Winter Hours) the repetitive vocal refrain needs a bit more diversity for my ears but the sound is lushly gorgeous enough to distract from any work in progress songwriting chops. Excellent production from Matthew Johnson helps these tracks pile along and achieve an updated take on this sound. Who thought that the new Paisley Underground could come out of Leeds?
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