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Twelve Clay Feet: Totem Bells

Cinematic alt-rock debut.

Impressive from the off, Cambridge’s Twelve Clay Feet nail their moody colours to the mast with driven opener Cornfed, all ominous tribal drumming, serpentine guitar lines and an explosive chorus, with Ian Jeffs’ angsty vocals centre stage throughout.

And what a voice it is, at once breathy and gritty, a perfect complement to his twin brother Jay Jeffs’ atmospheric guitar work – the melancholic effect created on the likes of Give Yourself Away, Mutant Fingers and Sour Rum floats somewhere between the trippiness of early Floyd and the sombre shades of The Cure.

There are shafts of sunlight here – notably the surprising Zep-styled blues slide of closer Red Moon – but by and large this plays like the soundtrack to a monochrome indie flick. A well-crafted – if dour – effort.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.