Future Selves - Transfer Album Review
Anthem indie rock debut from San Diego's newest export. The sound is good with glimpses of Coldplay and probably more so Kings of Leon or perhaps even The Killers. In fact on research there is a connection, with the band touring with Brendan Flowers and the album is also produced and mixed by The Killers producer.
Plenty of strong bass and vocals throughout, it's a very clean and polished record. A trip through the tracks includes highpoints like 'Take Your Medicine' which almost reminds me of the Echo and The Bunnymen sound, Ian McCulloch's vocal style in any case. I like 'My Suspicions' which rises and falls, ebbs and flows in quite a Pink Floyd way. 'Wake to Sleep' thumps and glides, fast, quiet, slow, noisy all at the same time, a well layered track, I don't know if it's complicated or just really clever - it's good though. My favourite however is 'The Possum', this probably gets my final nod as the track just has a cracking guitar and bass riff that drags the listener along, plus the lyrics and vocals are very confident. 'Get Some Rest' offers quite a contrast, mellow and more measured.
Although the opening track disappoints and seems pretty weak in comparison to the rest of the album, overall I feel it's a really decent debut album. The reviews I've read seem very favourable. I've certainly heard a lot worse this year!!!
A few live UK dates at the end of October could be worth searching for.