By Six By Seven
Six By Seven's story has always been one of numbers. In 2002, two long-standing members fell by the way leaving them as a bassless trio. A year later they were dropped after 3 explosive albums. Thankfully, Nottingham's No.1 band are back with the second triumphant single from their fourth album, cunningly titled "04".
And what a belter. Seemingly in a race with the Doves' "Pounding" to see which will be labelled the most euphoric guitar track of the 22nd Century, Six By Seven sneak ahead after pulling the feedback frenzy card out of their sneakers. Sublime and easily three minutes too short, it expands into a snowball of rampant guitars that must have been stolen from Kevin Shields' bag of dirty riffs. Better still, the propulsive drums throw you headlong into an never-ending cycle of foot stomping manna that has you reaching for the repeat before it's even finished.
B-side, "I don't know why I smoke" is a tasty little bugger too, all understated Joy Division electronic buzzes and Echo and the Bunnymen vocals that pull and rip at your heartstrings.
And to think this is only the fourth best track off the album. Some people have all the luck.