SOMA HIGH- Something about you EP
In Aldous Huxleys classic sci-fi novel, Brave new world, the feel-good drug of choice goes by the name of Soma. But does this quartet have the same effect? Well, weighing it up, the best drugs are usually addictive and I wouldnt go that far with Soma High. Though they are catchy, they are really more mainstream legal highs than gritty Pete-Doherty-crack-pipe-toking euphoria. Probably a good thing really. Fresh from the South coast and with support slots with Cage The Elephant and Razorlight under their belts, what isnt edgy about these young whippersnappers is complimented by a reliable infectious energy that has grabbed the attention of the likes of Kerrang Radio and XFM, a safe bet on lyrical content about modern life and its emotions to go with what they call their unique brand of pop-tastic groove. Or something. They sound like Franz Ferdinand a bit. Er, the singer also has something in his voice that sounds quite annoying, like hes trying to take off Matt Bellamy and cant quite manage it. But what do I know? This review is also about six months late so they have probably released something better by now.
Released on 27th September, 2010 (whoops!). Also available via I-Tunes.
MODERN SUPERSTITIONS- All the things weve been told
Whats this? A trio of teenage childhood friends who have fashioned
themselves as the next big thing? A couple of well-groomed blokes led
by a frontgirl who alternates between raucous and seductive and looks
good in hotpants? With this in mind, Modern Superstitions are not, for
me at least, the most exciting of groups. But are they any good? To
rock and roll what padded bras are to under-12s shopping in Primark,
these young nubile beauties excitedly hail from Toronto and have been
released through the label that discovered Death From Above 1979 (big
brownie points there, despite, sadly, sounding nothing like them).
Released 18th October, 2010. I think they have gained another band member since then too