Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Standard Fare

If there is one moment everyone will remember from Novembers Nottingham alldayer, its the exact second Emma Kupa started to sing. You could feel the whole audience switch from polite attention to being completely mesmerised. Standard Fare have that effect.

Hailing from Sheffield, the three piece treat us to metallic, textured pop songs that have the capability to switch from brittle to soaring with almost casual ease. Their debut single, 'Dancing' (a 7" on Sheffield Phonographic Corporation) is a tight, crackling record with bare, confessional lyrics which stumbles lazily into category of CLASSIC. Everything about it, from its wire-y tangles of guitar , to the make-up-still-on lyrics to THAT voice is unique. I really cant wait to hear more from this lot.

'Philadelphia' is a catchy little bastard, that feels like it could fall on its arse any minute, but doesn't, a sassy swagger of a pop song. 'Night with a friend' is a tangy little call and response number with disarmingly heart on sleeve, glass half empty lyrics.

Loads of bands get the tag 'one to watch', but this one demands your complete attention. They almost make me wish i was 20 again.

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