The Newds, an alternative indie band from Bolton, England have released their new EP titled ‘Ready’ about a fortnight ago. The band comprises Paul Meagher (Vocal / Guitar), Dean Woods (Guitar), Daniel Garthwright (Drums), Tony Sabanskis (keyboard) and John Fallon (Bass).
The EP starts off with the bittersweetly humorous ‘Go Getter’ (video above). If you want to know the true state of a man’s being, look at his shoes and not his clothes.Not that we have Gucci clad supermodels on display here but the tattered Pumas give part of that story away. The self mocking determination is highlighted by the way that the drums are literally hammered and by the free wheeling spirit which lets itself rip through suburban streets pushed along on shopping carts substituting for prams for the not-quite-toddlers-anymore. The satirical lyrics and the fuzzy guitars thoroughly highlight and totally complement the pointlessness of the average existence which we mock ourselves into believing as worthwhile courtesy the media-force-fed images of sunshine and sand and oceans and feet and what-not.
Th next track is Evermore, which I found to be the strongest track on the EP. Great introduction, outstanding rendition of the vocals, soulful lyrics and a profoundly simple drumbeat which astutely captures the not-sure-why-but-it’s-there-kinda-melancholy that some of us may experience from time to time. Take a bow! However, somehow I haven’t been able to find a link to the song anywhere on soundcloud or bandcamp, so I cannot feature it on this post. I have only managed to listen to it via an amazon mp3 download. It is worth the price, nevertheless.
Then the album moves on to ‘Mr. Happy Sunshine’ which reminds me of the track ‘Corporal Clegg’ from the Syd Barret era of Pink Floyd. Some pomp and splendour and a joy to listen to. The EP rounds off with ‘Chasing Shadows’, which almost has a Genesis like feel to it with thankfully not as much of the nasal tone as Phil Collins injected into the vocals. This is a solid track to conclude the EP on a reflective note with sounds that sound more like the music from the last 10 years. Anyhow here are the soundcloud links I could find:
If you like what you hear, I guess you can follow the band via the soundcloud links posted above. Cheers and spread the word!