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Amityville
Pacific Radio Fire - e.p.
Comedown Records
www.amityvilleuk.com


Amityville is the latest project from former Geneva frontman Andrew Montgomery. His voice has matured and attained a much more rounded quality since those early days touring with The Catherine Wheel and recording the Libertine album. This new band is far more advanced in attitude and sound, as well.

The Pacific Radio Fire e.p. is three songs that each have a distinctly different sound, while obviously living under the same musical umbrella. Montgomery's writing has become far more complex and dark, which is a great gift to my ears. These songs have sprung from some sort of melancholy of the soul, a place where the best music is ultimately born. Montgomery seems to have left off writing quirky and brilliant pop songs, and turned instead to exploring some of the depths of darkness that the human soul hides.

"Shots In The Distance" is a brilliant and up-tempo track that nicely showcases the musical influence that bands like the aforementioned Catherine Wheel have had on Montgomery. Filled with thick guitars and groovy drum lines, e-bow feedback-heavy hooks, and the soaring vocals of Montgomery himself, this song is a truly nice introduction to the new project. "How You Been?" is much more downbeat, with plaintive piano lines and strangely echoed vocal lines. A bit of the young Montgomery peaks out here, with the vocals not quite being as strong as I'd like to hear, but the lyrical content more than strengthens the overall song. Closing out the e.p. is "Closer Now", a very Brit-pop/college rock song that at times takes me strolling down memory lane to the early 90's and the pantheon of music that was being made at that time. Amazing production and tight rhythm tracks really make this song shine.

I'm eager to hear more music from Amityville, as well as see them live. I've gotten it on fairly good authority that the shows these fellows play in the UK are well attended, and for good reason. If these songs translate as well as the old Geneva songs did on stage, then I think Amityville has a very bright future.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:

1. Shots In The Distance
2. How You Been?
3. Closer Now


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