Keeping in tune with the current fascination of resurrecting Britpop, Pioneers arrive with their brand on melodic pop songs, centred around jangly guitars, blistering vocals and fuzzy organ.
'Falling' is as jangly and britpoppy as it gets, with its glittering guitars and stop-start rhythms. It's enjoyable, but you do wish that they'd inject a bit more energy into the song. Its warm and cosy feel gives it a kind of plastic sheen that saps all the sweat and spunk that it inevitably took to make it.
It's nice enough though, their musicianship is solid and their harmonies golden. A bit of raw wouldn't hurt though.
'Something New' is more of a ballad, with a plinky plunky guitar riff and atmospheric sweeps that swell and dip in the background, over which a nicely strummed acoustic plays, some strings pierce and spot on vocals soar. Add to it some fuzzy electric guitar, and it's a proper britpop era ballad. All you need now is a copy of Shine 9, an English flag on your guitar and some long shaggy hair, and it's 1998 all over again.
Although perhaps sounding a little dated, Pioneers now how to pull the emotional strings. The soaring, inch perfect sining, the blazing guitar riffage and the sweet sounding strings all combine to produce some good, honest music. Maybe not as groundbreaking as their name would suggest, but worth a look if you're fond of bands like The Delays, etc.