Preser­va­tion 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Hum­ber­side droners’ stylishly shoey de­but JOHNNy SHARP

You’d strug­gle to get away with it in East York­shire, but Matt Burr and Do­minic Ab­bott cer­tainly sound like they wear shades in­doors and may have once at­tempted to grow a white man’s afro. The drone-rock fur­row they plough on this de­but al­bum is redo­lent of the sim­i­larly hued Black Rebel Mo­tor­cy­cle Club on “Hot Coals”, while “Hunt­ing Ground” of­fers hints of The Verve be­fore they adopted the def­i­nite ar­ti­cle. Later, “Let The Rain Come” evokes the spirit of Ja­son Pierce be­fore he hung up his Space­man’s hel­met, but in each case there’s an im­me­di­acy and a con­vic­tion to their songs that seem to make such sleeve-borne in­flu­ences a strength rather than a weak­ness.

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