Friday, 15 March 2013

AIR TO ACHILLES – SINGLE REVIEW

Air To Achilles - Fields Of Mercy

Air To Achilles – Fields of Mercy

Release Date: 29th March 2013

It looks like the Northeast is making a bid for my favourite new scene, hot on the heels of Bristol and Cornwall. Air To Achilles are another group of imaginative and creative young chaps from Newcastle putting out sonically challenging but simultaneously melodic material that grabs you by the brain and the balls. ‘Fields of Mercy’ is the band’s latest single and is full of bouncy bass lines, jangly guitars, subtle synths and huge harmonies. This is part 90s Scottish jangle-pop, part Scando-indie and a little bit of Asian indie-pop (check the band Holy City Rollers if you don’t believe me) but they certainly don’t sound like any other English band I’ve heard for quite some time and that is no bad thing. If you add in to the mix a producer in Johannes Rowlinson (The Sugarcubes, Johnny Foreigner, Minus) then you get a Spector-ish wall of sound that you might as well just wash over you. In fact, do it now. Just turn it up loud, pour yourself an alcopop, strap yourself in to your favourite chair and let it wash over you. Superb.


Live date:

29th March – Single Launch Party @ The Cluny 2, Newcastle

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