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Hello Venus! by The Alamo

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Reviewed on 1st June 2003.

 
 

Hello Venus!

By The Alamo

It's fresh, it's loud. It's the Alamo. Four bars, four beats, four songs, four kids. And they're doing a great enthusiastic blast of natural rock with no frills and no attempt to imitate anyone except themselves.

"Best of Me" crashes in with two big power chords for the verse, and two for the chorus. Adam Sweeney sings like he means it and the band keep it straight and simple.

"Losing Out" has that repressed kind of Teenage Kicks damped guitar for the first verse, and builds neatly and economically in a great bass line assault (nice one Holly Brown) and no-shit drum pounding from the animal (Sean Langan). This has real pop simplicity and a stinging guitar underneath it all. Top track. Maybe without knowing it, they put the rhythm at the heart of the song and kept it screaming along the rails from start to finish.

Undertones theme nite continues (In this idiot reviewer's ears, anyway) with the first bars of "Wrong Time", which turns out to have a few more words than it needs. But it does the keep the plot with some big pounding floor toms in the instrumental section. (love that bit) The guitar solo loses the plot. But what the hell, they can pay Jimmy Page to do that part on the album.

Slightly dodgy seriousness rears its head in "Spotlight". But never fear - the drumming massive appears after sixty seconds and the faith is kept. The slower stuff might not be what the Alamo do best right now - the punky stuff goes better than the soulful metal.

With this first self-produced CD the Alamo have made a categorical statement of intent. They're here, and with no apologies, no excuses, they're going to blast their way into your life. It's basic, it's ballsy and it's totally honest. Good on 'em.

 

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On 17th June 2003 at 00:27 Anonymous 15 wrote...

The kids in The Alamo appreciate your review Sam - realistic and constructive as ever. As soon as they laid down Losing Out I told them about the Undertones similarity in the intro but given their age (born many years after Teenage Kicks etc.!) all I got was blank looks.... Also - could I have your permission to use the last paragraph of your review in their promo bumf please? Thanks.

 

On 17th June 2003 at 17:20 Anonymous 13 wrote...

good of you to ask! But all the words are there to be used ... either together or in carefully selected chunks. When I've nicked whole reviews, I try to remember to credit the copyright owner (Dave Sugden in this case) He hasn't sued me yet!

 

On 28th June 2003 at 12:03 Anonymous 510 wrote...

OK. although the alamo may be a bright young band no way are they good enough to be rated the best band in leeds. especially over bands like catalyst and downfall. who ass have u been kissin shaun?

 

On 28th June 2003 at 13:28 Anonymous 340 wrote...

who is this Shaun character?
Lemonade handgranade is class

 

On 28th June 2003 at 16:19 Anonymous 15 wrote...

Don't forget that "favourite" doesn't equate to "best" and that Dave set up the top ten thing for a bit of fun and interest on the LMS home page.
The Alamo know who the best Leeds bands are and, indeed, have voted for them in the poll. They are happy to be one of the areas up-and-coming very young bands for the moment. Good luck to all of the other bands on the LMS site - especially TBH who look like they'll be favourite band this month.

 

On 28th June 2003 at 19:57 Anonymous 340 wrote...

C ya tuesday!

 
 
 

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