The thing about being labelled the ‘next big thing’ is that it carries with it the great possibility that the entity in question could turn out to be the ‘next big flop’. From the moment Pelvis won an unsigned band competition sponsored by an international beer company it seemed as if they were destined for greatness. Never mind that their lead singer, Jonny Rowen, was the brother of the boy on the front cover of U2’s ‘Boy’ and ‘War’ albums, Pelvis were cut from a different cloth than most Dublin bands, their image was spot on and most importantly they could write memorable tunes. Appearances on Jools Holland and some guest slots for the Jesus & Mary Chain raised their profile even further. But then it all fell apart as quickly as it had come together. They legacy remains their sporadically brilliant debut album titled ‘Who Are You Today?’ which included ‘What Makes You Dance?’. Subtle and emotionally charged the song languishes in a vat of melody created through a bedrock of seasaw jangling guitars and Rowen’s fragile outpourings. KD
Pelvis – What Makes You Dance?
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