News: Join the Club Smith for new album release

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A BAND featuring Loughborough’s Vijay Mistry has released its debut album.
Yorkshire-based rock band Club Smith, which feature the Leicestershire member on drums, have released Appetite For Chivalry this month.
A spokesman said: “Appetite For Chivalry is the debut album from Leeds four-piece Club Smith.
“It channels lyrical responses to grief, disappointment and frustration through a euphoric blend of itchy rhythms and souring choruses.
“Recorded in late 2011 by Will Jackson (The Music/The Cribs) and James Kenosha (Pulled Apart By Horses/Grammatics) the album shows a more mature sound than that of the earlier recorded output.”
Don’t forget, you can grab a free Club Smith mp3, The Courtyard, as part of the Sound Advice album, available to download for free from here.

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Review: In the Belly of the Brazen dull

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WITH The Cribs’ new album, In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull, Ryan Jarman says his band is set to lay waste the mainstream musical landscape: “Now, we’re in pop hell. You can’t avoid it. When you watch TV there’s pop stars on adverts and TV shows – it’s everywhere.
“So maybe people will see us now as a counter-cultural band – we want to take on the mainstream.”
And how, prey tell – with a lot of bloody loud noise, that’s how.
However this aural assault which smothers every track here is in fact nothing but a lot of hot air – it’s akin to a fat music blogger wearing a baggy T shirt to obscure his unattractive barrel-like frame, a diversion.
Because all this shouting and feedback and overdrive and bluster is hiding the fact that a majority of songs here have little to them that actually sticks.
There are exceptions – such as the great Pure O and single Come On, Be A No-One.
But as a result of this approach, while actually listening to the LP it’s great – but as soon as the noise subsides, it’s hard to remember exactly what it was that you liked about it.
3/5