THE WIRELESS STORES
Fuelled by the past experience and writing prowess of founder member Paul
Yeadon (ex Bivouac), this three-piece
Nottingham band were formed just a year ago and have produced a stunning
debut EP - which also chalks up another quality release from the most
excellent 'In At The Deep End Records' (IATDE014).
There are certain bands that have quality written all over them - where you know very quickly that they’re something special - and The-Wireless-Stores are definitely one of those. They make music that feels intelligent and sophisticated, but is actually cunningly simplistic. They have well constructed songs that are easy on the ears, very tuneful and it’s extremely difficult to stop humming, singing or whistling them. These are tunes that you'll remember, tunes that stick in your mind, containing some great hooks and brilliantly memorable lyrics. “You’re a coffee cup, I’m a simple mug” what a classic line that is!
Creating a sound that’s a soulful cross between emo and indie rock, the songs range from gentle relaxing acoustics to far more powerful driving electric guitars, with lyrics covering subject as diverse as x-box game adiction to deliberating an approximation for the speed of sound (Hey, what a great way of doing revision!). Musically, there are echoes of Pink Floyd ('Animals'-era) during the more gentle moments and suggestions of Feeder or Idlewild when they’re rockin’.
This is an excellent EP that offers top quality songs that nicely balance the soothing against the vigorous and provide a handful of infectious tracks that you’ll want to keep playing over and over again. On top of that a good job has been done with the production and the artwork has been kept simple yet effective and printed on card, making this a most enjoyable package that really does leave you with a tremendous appetite to want more from these guys. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait too long.
Rigsby (21st June, 2003)