Single Review – Cage The Elephant – Too Late To Say Goodbye

Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant are embarking on their fourth studio album Tell Me I’m Pretty Now for a late release on December 18th. The singles from the album thus far have not done much to demonstrate anything profound is to be expected. The band seems to have rooted this album in the Desert Rock genre which has been well worn by Jack White, Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys to name just three. This track delivers this on a more subtle level with its loose fitting instrumentals, but those ringing organs, the plunging and distorted guitars and the spiky vocal delivery with its slight echo all scream out as dated. The sound is delivered faithfully and to a high standard however, but those mixed reviews look set to continue for Cage The Elephant.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Royal Blood – Little Monster

Royal Blood were formed in Brighton last year by Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher. There has already been plenty of fuss and hype over them from the like of Zane Lowe and with them being on the shortlist for the BBC’s sound of 2013 poll and also with the confirmation they’ll be supporting Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park later this year. This is the second track they’ve released as a single and they have not ruled out an album this year either. With the attention and following they’ve accumulated in a rather short period of time, then it could prove to be a shrewd move from them. Their most recent single is ‘Little Monster’ which opens with raging, scuzzy guitars that are recorded in a close up and immediate fashion. The vocals are slightly distorted in a muted fashion on the verses and in a more sharper manner on the chorus as he ups the anti. The percussion is as you’d expect with the crashing and rapid fills. There is your token guitar solo in there too for good measure. It is a song full of energy and pent up fury but it is just yet another variation of Desert Rock. Like most new bands there is absolutely nothing you can put your finger on that is new or unique. All you can do is file them next to QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, The Family Rain, Drenge, Deap Vally, FIDLAR etc. etc. etc. I’m in no doubt that they are not the best out of this sludge of scuzzy guitars but if you want another to add to your collection then here they are.

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