Afternoon are new to me. But experience has its mitts all over this
accomplished demo. Learning that they recently did support for Oceansize at Joseph's Well made me even sicker at having missed that gig.
Recorded without time pressure on a home eight track, it does its seven songs ample justice. It's a first instalment on an album due soon. It's very good indeed. It starts where all good stuff should begin: with good songs. They're played in a smooth country rock meets UK independent mode. But they would stand up to any number of treatments. Tony Robertson and Luke Dunn write them. Their two styles are evident, and that's a plus. Only mature writers can make songs that are so recognisably their own.
Me, I go soft and elated at "airborn", "bridges" and "watching over". Especially "bridges". The very first chord and its echo in the other channel in bar five, is classically wonderful. An extra inversion comes in later and makes me shiver. All the tunes sing along like the lyrics are self propelled. They fall naturally and easily together like words and notes should. Some edgier stuff finds it way into the set as well. "Commodity" at track five has a nagging piano line and an almost military beat. But it has, of course, a great big belting chorus.
And just listen to the singing on "watching over". Oh yes. Just try not to sing along. If a big audience is a problem, dear reader, tough shit. When this album is done I would die of shock if I heard it on Steve Lamacq. But I wouldn't be a bit surprised to hear it on Bob Harris. And if Green Snotball cover "bridges" in 2005, all power to them, there's plenty to go at.