Review: Crazy Arm go West

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PUNK band Crazy Arm, in previous efforts, had a bit of a folky twang to their sound – but on new LP The Southern Wild they’ve gone so country and western you wouldn’t bet against them wearing spurs when they recorded it.
Actually, as they’re all animal rights campaigners, they probably didn’t, but I bet they had those string things that cowboys wear instead of ties or something.
And they do do this sound very well – singer VIctoria Butterfield’s well-suited vocals in particular dripping with a soulful edge on Oh Hell/Death To Pay, the finger-picking good Fossils, or the wild stomping Roasting River showing a variety to their new sound too.
But for a Devon-based band, what would have set this collection far enough away from pastiche would have been just a hint more of the West Country on this Wild West soundscape.
4/5

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News: Muse celebrate Olympic win

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MUSE have announced their track Survival has been selected as the official song of the London 2012 Olympics.
The Devon-based rock band – who also carried the Olympic torch during the relay – will soundtrack the Summer games, including when the athletes enter the Olympic Stadium, at the medal ceremony and also as the TV theme for all international coverage.
In a statement, the band wrote: “We are very excited to announce that a Muse song, Survival, has been selected by the London Olympic committee to be the main official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“Matt wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It’s about total conviction and pure determination to win.
“We are honoured that the Olympics have chosen our song to officially represent the London 2012 Olympic Games across the globe.”