Spanky's Heroes - Out Of The Depths

Published Saturday 5th January 2008
Spanky's Heroes - Out Of The Depths
Spanky's Heroes - Out Of The Depths

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 34523-13316
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by John Baugh

Talk about not judging a book by its cover! A sleeve design that strongly suggests prog rock - you know, invading seafood, winged band logo, etc. But actually what you find inside is a great slab of the best sort of alternative rock - loud guitars, interesting chords, slightly punky yet quite tuneful. Not that the spirit of prog is completely vanquished; a bit like Radiohead these Heroes are not afraid to actually arrange and structure their songs with time signature changes and quirky moments - witness the almost operatic singing on the opening track "Visitors". And some of the tracks do go well beyond the three-minute pop song form. What I like here is that there is a sense of playing, grabbing whichever elements of music they like before doing what they fancy with it, seeing what happens, which is usually pretty good. Also as far as lyrics are concerned a certain intelligent and careful crafting is evident, which is always a hit as far as I'm concerned. So if you are in the environs of Dundee check out this hugely talented five-piece. Alternatively you can enjoy some of the tracks on Myspace, not to mention a slightly odd (in a good way) video introducing the band. Long live intelligent rock!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Ma Goose in Dundee @ 19:49 on Jan 6 2008

Spanky's Heroes are great - been to many of their gigs and enjoy their music and watching them perform. It's so obvious that they are great friends, in fact almost the whole band grew up together in the same church. The new album is a must to buy - go for it!

Posted by Dave H in Dundee @ 14:51 on Nov 14 2007

I have seen these guys live many times and have to say they are really quite good. I have the album and often catch myself humming one of the tunes. Catchy, lively and worth a listen!

Posted by Stephen Henderson in Dundee @ 21:29 on Nov 12 2007

Hi i'm a band member or spanky's heroes and just thought I would leave some info and links to the band

Live review a little old but positive (and we can only be getting better) - /live-reviews-spanky-s-heroes-86908-18451836/

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