Some Velvet Morning: Allies

They’ve found what they were looking for.

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Does the world need another jangly-guitar anthemic-rock band? Well, yes if they can shuffle the pack like Some Velvet Morning.

Granted, this trio have a recurring tendency to go looking for what they still haven’t found, but they’ve cleverly stripped back the sound without losing power thanks to a heavy back beat and a dirty bass sound that gives their U2-style noodlings a harder edge.

It also leaves room to indulge in some 80s pop instincts that give a refreshing squeeze to songs like Hollywood, Control and Allies. And the swarthy, angular, flag-waving How To Start A Revolution also has some neat lyrical twists that lift it above your average rabble rouser.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.