I’m not one for blathering on about the same band. Perhaps it’s just my ADD-like tendency when it comes to listening to music of late. From time to time though a band strikes a chord (!) and I’m sold. Loney, Dear are fast becoming my favourite for 2007 along with Dublin band Angel Pier whose ‘Bullet Holes & Broken Sectors’ EP is giving my last.fm account some tough arithmetic workouts. Seeing as they are Stone Roses fans it comes as a bit of surprise to see Angel Pier pulling off some tricks more closely aligned to the sounds appearing from other side of the Atlantic (and our own Brilliant Trees from time to time). Their EP is a remarkably rounded effort for a band who are barely a year old with tunes such as ‘My Best New Friend’ dishing out bulging melodies, frenetic playing and Darragh Nolan’s ebullient vocal swagger. ‘Sprites’ has already been mentioned here in glowing terms but ‘Brothers & Sisters’ and ‘Pray’ are also delightfully fetching. On this evidence these particular angels could be playing with a lot of hearts in the near future. KD
Angel Pier – My New Best Friend
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