The British have had a tenuous relationship with the hard
rockin genres of music. Their sensibility for pop seems to
supersede the need to rock out. China Drum challenges this
notion with a strong helping of rockin' out to go with your
pop. This trio culls from similar territory as Therapy? and
the Jam to create a stellar mixture of catchiness that tends
to be loud.
Some of the catchiest tunes are the loudest. "Cloud 9"
is pure pop played at extreme volume and throttle. Through
all the noise, the sing-a-long qualities remain. "Simple"
is another example of this philosophy of speed and pop. Mixing
it up a bit is "(Had a Good Idea On) Monday" that
pulls the throttle back a bit and draws the chorus out longer.
All the songs show the prowess of the trio. "Fall Into
Place" shows how the bass riffing caries the melodic
feel of the song as the guitar drives along. Drumming is strong
and inventive throughout the record as Adam Lee sings as he
pounds away at the skins, recalling Therapy? at times. Mid-tempo
tunes like "God Bets" offer momentary diversions
from the full bore attack. One thing all the songs have in
common is that catchy chorus. "Pictures" is one
that builds steadily at the song goes on, peaking in a guitar
grind at the chorus. The neatest treat on the record is the
hidden cover of the Kate Bush staple "Wuthering Heights."
These boys breathe a new bombastic fire into this classic
and give it a new life and style of their own without violating
the spirit of the original.
Goosefair is the kind of pop you can be proud to say you Buy.
The tight songwriting and blazing guitars keep it loud without
being punk or metal. Good loud pop for when you're feeling
1. Can't Stop These Things
2. Cloud 9
3. Fall Into Place
6. Biscuit Barrel FMR
7. God Bets
9. Find The Time
10. (Had A Good Idea On) Monday
11. Last Chance
12. Take It Back
13. Meaning (Acoustic)
14. Better Than Me