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Reviewed on 19th February 2013.



By The Townies

Hailing from Portland, Maine in the good ol' U.S of A, The Townies are a five piece Rock band with a rich history, and on the evidence of Plug are writing their future in huge arena sized letters, working, in part with producer/engineer Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.)

The effects of which are great big radio friendly tunes, a mix of jangly guitars, layered vocals and big drums, part early REM and part Foo Fighters at their poppiest big grin best.

No where is this more evident than on side one, kicking off with Grow on You, a slice of pop rock worthy of the afore mentioned REM, channeling the eighties guitar twang into the modern day and running amok with it. As on Irish Smile, a great vocal delivery from singer David Shorey, a love song to a femme fetale breaking hearts with her Irish charms. Getaway is a propulsive military march in the disco stomper, while Roll sees the band hitting a heavier note, a statement of intent and what sounds like the band mantra of, This is how we Roll, like it or lump it, and on evidence there will be a lot of people loving the way they roll, guitar histrionics and a heads down race to the finish.

So Long slows things down and it's lighters in the air for the lovers in the crowd, although the first few bars almost comes on like Dylan's, Like a Rolling Stone, it's another example of a band working to their strengths, where there is no fat or excess to any of the songs, each one trimmed and coming out at fighting weight and eleven songs coming in at a svelt thirty minutes.

Keep your ears to the radio stations and your eyes on the charts as The Townies are coming and they want to take you with them.



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