• beat the radar To the City from the Sea (CD, £10.25)

    label: akoustik anarkhy

    Beat The Radar comprise singer Jonny plus Laurie Hulme (guitar) Rowan Smith (bass) and Adam Featherstone (drums). Hailing from "the scummy edges of the Lake District," the four Cumbrian exiles moved to Manchester to launch their band, reasoning that they’d be best placed in the home of their idols..The Smiths, New Order, The Fall and The Stone Roses. But there’s more in Beat The Radar’s mix -a rich seam of US indie influences from Sonic Youth to early REM, Mission Of Burma and Sebadoh. It’s a rag-tag sound, but they’re a rag-tag bunch. Featuring hooks the size of World War II bombers, and melodies so sparkling that over-exposure is sure to lead to blindness of the ears -deafness, then - it’s a great introduction to a band brimming with crossover potential." Clash [track of the day] BTR’s debut album, To The City, From The Sea, is packed with heart-on-their- sleeve lyrics, raw vocals, chunky guitars and big, pop choruses. The album was recorded with producer Tom Knott (Micah P Hinson, King Creosote, The Courteeners, Emmy The Great, The Ting Tings) at Airtight Studios in Chorlton. Tracklisting: 1. Misunderstood What You Said 2. 18,19,20,21,22 3. Stars 4. Miracles 5. Telephone Conversation 6. Pretend You Play Guitar 7. Passenger 8. By The Sea 9. This City Is My Friend 10. Remember The Morning

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