16th March 2013
Normally I would do reviews of Salford bands on the Salford Music website, but given more people read this blog, and that this is such a good EP I thought it deserved a bigger audience.
So you get five excellent tracks which show the depth and variety of The Nankeens work.
If you are wondering who The Nankeens are then I may as well plagiarise myself and repeat some of my recent article from the Salford Advertiser……
Originally members of two separate bands, this four-man group, led by two brothers, started gigging in 2012 and are building up a strong reputation as a must see band in 2013.
Their manifesto is pretty clear – “our sound has no time for local heroes of days gone by. Instead the focus is on contemporary song-writing about personal experiences, not to mention powerful arrangements that make feet and heads move”.
The band have influences ranging from The Joy Formidable and Arcade Fire back to the punk sounds of The Clash however they have developed their own unique sound which is emotionally strong, well-played, and in singer and rhythm guitarist Adam Darby, they have a front man who demands your attention. Brother Simon plays the drums, Mark Barlow is the bassist and lead guitar is delivered by Adam Tattershall.
There are a variety of styles on offer on the EP from the memorable “Ukelele Song” which was a jam recorded using just a ukelele, bass guitar, and a drum pad machine, via the riff driven “Reaper” with its surging guitar and triumphant vocals, through to the spacey sounds of “Here We Go” with its epic indie sound. The opener, the crisp and catchy “I’m Not Playing” (video below) is an uplifting experience with it’s ringing guitar tones and aching vocals. Middle track “Breaking Bad” is a rich textured piece with a soulful edge that builds to a driving beat and memorable chorus.
All good stuff with a great melodic feel and great lyrics.
The video was self produced using stop-motion technique
The EP was also self-recorded by the band at Bridgewater Mill, in Eccles, and Strangeways Studios. Gary Duke assisted with some of the mixing.
It’s also free to acquire and will be given away at the launch gig at Night and Day this coming Saturday 16th March…….. and you will also be able to download it from amazingtunes.com soon.
The bands website is at http://www.thenankeens.co.uk/