STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 96054-17090 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1 RRP: £5.00
Reviewed by Paul Loader
The debut EP from the one time thebandwithnoname man was produced by Sheffield's renowned guitarist Roo Walker and is very much a statement of musical intent indicating the various directions that Chip could take now that he is a solo. Judging by the five tracks on this CD Chip could pick one of several stylistic directions reflected here and do it successfully. The opening track "Call My Name" has an American college rock feel to it while the third song "Cole's Hill" demonstrates Chip's ability to sing like he'd attended the Westlife school of boy band singing. "Underground Army" is closer to the industrial big beat raps of thebandwithnoname and a powerful song it is too; written from the perspective of a spiritual solider in the war zone of life. All the tracks here are extremely well written and with "You And I" returning to a college indie rock feel show off Kendall's considerable talent as a singer. If I had to pick one track as outstanding I suppose I would have to chose "Underground Army" and this will probably be the one which connects with most immediately with thebandwithnoname's legion of fans. But, to be honest, each track is a well-crafted entity. I can't wait for an album to follow.
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