We loved that earlier Big Tide 12" which allowed me to live out all my Dumptruck/Guadalcanal Diary fantasies. It's been a long time in the waiting but here is a debut full length which will hopefully set Ben Thomas towards the big(ger) league. Think classic sounding chiming pop rock with nods towards the Byrds and the Icicle Works. Pal of our store Jonathan Nash (Hookworms/Cowtown) pops up on drums too!
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I'm not sure about that title but I've been excited about this since that first Big Tide EP which proved that, yes, someone was playing the kind of jangling guitars I remember from early R.E.M records. This isn't the tinny jangle of C86 era bands but a real full and rich jangle and immediately on opener The Crash they are there. It's a rather great track with or without lashings of jangling guitars, tuneful without being obvious, hook-filled and carefully put together with a great chorus fade out that makes you want to replay the track as soon as it has faded.
It's not everyday I can say without lying that a band sounds like early Icicle Works but on tracks like Hide Me In Your Spaceship you get that same kind of dramatic 12 string rock sound that Ian McNabb's lot perfected. The other bands to note as an influence is the Michael Head bands (Pale Fountains, Shack etc). Ben Thomas has a good pinch of similar 'mature' songwriting that suggests a past listening to the Searchers and the Hollies.
The sound here is glorious. It's the sound I've ached for since I used to worship records by bands like the Wishniaks and the Dangtrippers who also blended melodic mid-paced songs with Roger McGuinn like guitar playing. I just can't get enough of the 12 string. The songs mostly (but not always) live up to the sound Thomas has come up with. Occasionally they just stray into blandness (you are never far away from crossing over to Diesel Park West territory with this stuff) but Thomas is making a sound that no-one else is and he really should be commended.
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