STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 94414-16646 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Mini-album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ian Hayter
This band of West Country rockers have been together for a couple of years and, early in 2010, they made it to the semi-finals of the National Live And Unsigned competition. The five band members are clearly enthusiastic and all seven songs on this CD are self-penned. They list their influences as Athlete, The Undertones and Busted, with even a bit of Santana thrown in. The evidence of Santana's influence was hard to find and to me it was The Undertones whose influence was to the fore - although Galatia lack much of their strident energy. The album suffers from the problems of most new, young bands in that the production is woefully inadequate, with poor mixing and a rather pedestrian beat. That said, the five members of the band present lyrics which are articulate and boldly reflect the members' shared faith. The female vocalist (Maddie) has a fine voice, but it's not far enough to the fore in the mix for the full potential of it be heard. From the opening title song through to the closing "Each One Of Us Here" there is plenty of promise here - even some good guitar on "Your Life" - but it will need quite a much improved production for that promise to be realised.
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