Eureka ma­chines

Vic­to­ries

Classic Rock - - Reviews - Philip Wild­ing

Fifth al­bum from Leeds quar­tet crack­les and pops.

Ten years and five al­bums later, Chris Cat­a­lyst and the Eureka Ma­chines sound as gung-ho and re­silient as a box-fresh band just dis­cov­er­ing they’ve bagged an Amer­i­can tour with Def Lep­pard. In a per­fect world, that’s what should have hap­pened to the Eureka Ma­chines; even the Amer­i­cans would have fallen for their pop-punk charms, even if they might have missed the band’s darker un­der­belly.

Like all the best and en­dur­ing pop bands, Eureka Ma­chines com­bine the pop notes of bands like Cheap Trick, Wild­hearts and Hon­ey­crack with the ruddy in­tro­spec­tion of a band who’ve spent too much time in the ser­vice sta­tions along­side the M1 mo­tor­way. They’ve come bril­liantly good here, though, with the ring­ing Danc­ing In The Dark, the aching House Of But­ter­flies or the span­gled ex­per­i­men­ta­tion of the ex­pan­sive, splash­ing My Rock And Roll Is Dead.

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