By The Candle Thieves
Peterborough isn't renowned for its burgeoning music scene. Not that it's renowned for much except for the relative easiness of getting out of it quickly and into London. So, for the local 'The Candle Thieves' to have managed to secure support slots with the likes of David Gray and My Chemical Romance they've not done too badly. The problem is, that like the bands they've supported, they're incredibly intolerable. Their new EP, "Happiness Blues" is just the latest "quirky, acoustic pop" to disease the airwaves. With an overdose of casio beats, background 'ooohs and aaahs' and glockenspiel melodies, they sound like they belong in the 'it's a small world' attraction at Disneyland. It's not that I have anything against anything described as 'twee', it's just I hate to see the term chewed up and spat out into the form of bands such as the Candle Thieves, whose unrelenting use of garageband-style sound effects and lazy lyrics don't so much evoke a naive and heart-warmingly honest outlook on the world as much as bad musicianship and a desperate attempt to latch onto a genre that they can't contribute anything positive to. Save your ears and sanity, don't go buy it.