STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 29363-CAS2780 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: Cassette Single
Reviewed by James Lewis
The Spire Cranes are a fledgling three piece headed up by Matt Tildesley, late of the Pink Dandelions and this tape sees Matt taking a more mainstream route. Whilst the PDs are known for folk/rock, the Spire Cranes are less Eden Burning and more Traffic (or "Find Me In These Fields"-era Phil Keaggy). The tape is a three-tracker, including a demo version of the psychedelic ballad "Sollen Stars". The band themselves mention Paul Weller as a reference point and it's probably a fairly good starting point, particularly considering Mr Weller's current renaissance.
However, the boys aren't quite up to "Wildwood" standards yet -at least not on tape. Paul may be getting on but his aforementioned album is tad more sprightly than these boys' offering. But perhaps I'm being a bit mean, the group has only been going for a few months and all in all it's a pretty credible offering. Tony, can you send us their next tape to review - I'm quite looking forward to seeing how they get on.
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