SHATTERED DREAMS Lessons Through Living EP
I reviewed a Demo by this band last year and matters have progressed
nicely in that they now have out a bon fide EP. Hailing from Oxford,
Shattered Dreams describe themselves as pop-punk with a rocky edge,
and consist of a line up of Steph Branch Vocals, James Macke
- Lead Guitar, Matt Parsloe - Rhythm Guitar, Matt Oliver - Bass Guitar
and James Coulson Drums.
I must admit first track Unparalleled certainly is a good
start. The vocals of Steph immediately remind me of Poly Styrene of
X Ray Spex, or maybe Pauline Murray of Penetration. A thumping drum
sound and quirky off beat timing adds to the mix and this for me is
the catchiest track on the record.
Next track, Round and Round starts off with a semi-Ramones
intro, but then the Offspring style guitars metamorphose into a jerkier
sounding middle section. Again the drums are to the fore and Im
sure this will become a stalwart of their live set.
Live and Learn is a slower tempo and I would expect that
when they play Wembley will results in a sea of lighters being held
aloft. Its nice to see a band have a bit of light and shade in
the repertoire and gives the audience time to gather breadth before
the rip roaring finale that is Song 109. Big drums, big
guitars, big vocals rounds off the EP in style.
Lets hope the next time I get anything to review they will be
signed to a major and you too can do your part by visiting Amazon or
their Myspace and purchasing the EP for the princely sum of £4.