Through These Walls - Low Level Flight Album Review
Toronto-based pop/rockers Low Level Flight (or LLF as I shall refer to them from now on) have come up with a polished album to follow on from 2007's debut 'Urgency'. If there is one word that sums up the 11 tracks on 'Through These Walls' it would be the title of their previous release 'coz the pace rarely flags, as though the band are afraid that if they slow the tempo too much for too long you'll stop listening. They should trust their lower gears more often as when they do 'cut the thrash' as on the stoner number 'Your Name Here' they are at their most effective.
That's not to say that the likes of 'Cash Machine', the frantic 'Exit', the punk sounding 'Tsk Tsk' and 'Cast Diversion' and (best of all) 'Raining Castles' with its New Order-esq twangy bass and banshee wail of a keyboard part aren't solid rock songs, but I'd have liked a bit more light and shade. Throughout, the playing is assured and Ryan Malcolm's vocals have a touch of The National about them.
The press release likens them to Interpol and Muse and whilst I wouldn't wholly disagree I'd be more inclined to chain them up with Snow Patrol and Razorlight, which may not be quite as cool, but hey, I guess LLF wouldn't eschew their record sales. On this showing they're not going quite do that, but it's a step in the right direction.