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Reviewed on 30th May 2004.



By Three Random Words

Remember those bands you had when you were in school? The one I was in, unfortunately, split up after a while, but I'm convinced we'd sound like this if we had kept it together. That's not an insult on Three Random Words, who have some damn catchy songs, as evidenced here. 'Losing By Default' is my favourite with its crystal clear guitar, its steady drumming and the fresh lyrics, it's the pick of the bunch.

'Bullets of Love' is the first track, and starts like a Strokes-lite tune; the booming monotonous bass, the one note guitar lead and the robotic drumming. Then, all of a sudden, it changes. Oh well, can't win 'em all. It seems on this CD that as they've recorded it properly in a studio, that they've thrown everything at every song. The guitars sound über processed sometimes, and even the drums sound like they're made out of cardboard. Ironically enough, they've left the vocals completely alone. Well, it doesn't matter too much, he's got quite a nice voice anyway.

'Revelation' is track three (number two being 'Losing By Default') and is the slow, sensitive one. After a shaky start, the track picks up some pace. Although please, get rid of that fucking annoying guitar lead thing during the verses. Yeah, this is nice. Not great, but nice. Very melodic, I'll say that much.

'Outta Control' sees the band enter the territory of the NME- band. Fuzzed up guitar and snarling vocals make for one of the weakest tracks here. Try not to think of Razorlight at the beginning. And try not to laugh when lead singer Roger Rowley sings "motherfucker".

'Not In Ludlow' is another clean guitar, jangly, mid 90s indie song, complete with the trademark descending riffs, catchy chorus, and fairly funny lyrics. It's a quaint song, and it's pretty cool to boot.

'Waving Goodbye' is fittingly, the last song, and is more of the same strummy guitars and catchy chorus with some soaring vocal moments. It's not the best track here, but it's a nice enough ending.

Full of that youthful energy and promise, this is just the start of the Three Random Words saga. Expect the groupies, TV's out of the window and smack habits to crop up later. Or, maybe not, as this is the kind of band that sit in the same category of a Snow Patrol, or a Coldplay, etc. So replace the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll with just being nice. Hey, look where it got Chris Martin, he gets to go home to Gwyneth Paltrow every night. Anyway, this CD shows a lot of promise, and I'm sure Three Random Words can go on to do bigger and better things.



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On 30th May 2004 at 18:28 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

How old r these guys?


On 30th May 2004 at 20:45 Anonymous 1279 wrote...

Hi. Um, we range between 14 and 17.


On 30th May 2004 at 20:46 Anonymous 1279 wrote...

Thanks for the kind words, Gavin.


On 30th May 2004 at 21:22 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Yea, i saw Gavin's copy of your cd. Thought some of you looked a like you should be in school


On 30th May 2004 at 22:17 Anonymous 1377 wrote...

I'd just like to say that i thought that wasnt a bad review for a first CD although i personally would have given it better, I really like them and i listen to rancid and pantera! Otherwise I'd like to say "Three Random Words, keep it up."
Ell - Just Like Moses


On 30th May 2004 at 23:13 Anonymous 1279 wrote...



On 31st May 2004 at 08:35 Anonymous 2644 wrote...

Cheers for the review.
Yup, they should all be in school, I just left, HahAh!
So, I'm having Gwneth next?
Later mofos ( ;) )


On 31st May 2004 at 08:41 Anonymous 2644 wrote...

Thought I'd just add that the drums in 'Bullets' are made of cardboard!...that's one of the three tracks on the EP recorded in Lewis's bedroom with a drum machine (also 'Outta Control' & 'Waving Goodbye'...). The other three are studio



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