BEING THERE: Breaking Away: CD

There are a lot of 80’s references all over this release from this London, England based foursome’s debut album. You get twee pop, C86 style indie, THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN’s early work and even some late 80’s style indie.

That sure is a lot for such a young band to deal with, but it actually works really well and I was impressed by their ability to blend it all together this successfully. They formed the band in late 2010 after meeting at Manchester University and play like they’ve been around longer than that. They have maturity in their playing, which they do very well all across this release. “The Radio” and “17” are two of the more memorable tracks on this album. They are bit more upbeat and have a cool, summery vibe to them, that sticks with you. “Punch the Clock” has the feel of THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN’s guitar work, but still sounds fresh, and “Back to the Future” erupts into fantastic guitar playing as the song builds. The band, vocalist and guitarist Sammy Lewis, James Robinson on bass and vocals, Tom Rapanakis on drums and Nick Olorenshaw on lead guitar did a fantastic job, their playing took me away and the journey was great.

The band goes between more laid back songs and faster paced, bouncier songs with ease and a really good flow to the album. The good part is that with all of the 80’s leanings, they still have a contemporary feel and it made me really enjoy this album a lot more than I thought that I would have.