On 30th January 2005 at 16:48 Anonymous 13 wrote...
I wish I had a pound for every totally stupid toe curlingly bad PR blurb I have been sent. These people should be sentenced to read their own copy for eternity.
Mountaineers 'do not aspire to evoke a past we cannot relate to, they do not sound like anyone else... they will be imitated, yet never imitate, they will be referenced, but never reference and they will transform the way in which we relate to our generation for the very last time.'
The above statement is taken from the press release accompanying this CD. I realise that the whole purpose of such is to hype up the band and I do not have a problem with that. But excuse me?? Are you really trying to tell me that the Mountaineers 'do not sound like anyone else'? Ok, so I like the Mountaineers, but to deny their similarities to other bands when they are so thinly veiled is just ridiculous and only serves to belittle their talent. Originally from Wales, but now based in Liverpool after being discovered by the head of Liverpudlian label, Deltasonic, Mountaineers fit so tightly into the category of the Liverpool sound, I can't see how anyone who has heard them can fail to notice this.
First track 'Spoke into the Future' epitomises this genre with its quirky shuffling beats and psychedelic qualities and yes, in some respects, it is quite original, or at least it would be had we not already heard from The Dead 60's. This is not a criticism; the song is great and does display some truly inventive moments, it's just that it does so whilst still stuck firmly into an already existing genre. Vocalist, Alex Germains, has an excellent voice, immediately distinctive and it suits the electronic, psychedelic sound of the song just perfectly. The drumming is spot on too with each beat punctuating the chorus and leading to a thrilling climax. 'Everything' is much quieter and actually a little disappointing after the excitement of the previous track yet exposes their capability of experimenting with their sound. Third track 'I Would Go Anywhere With You', again keeps the pace quite slow, stripped down to include only quiet guitars, highlighting the beauty of Alex's voice and indeed, the variability of it, sounding completely different here than on the first track. If we've already had an acidic Dead 60's moment though, this is most definitely the stoned stage of The Coral, with the Scouse connection again being just too obvious to ignore. Think 'Pass it On' and you're not going far wrong. Whilst flagging somewhat following the first track, it seems to be very much a case of saving the best 'til last, as final track, 'Do you Know, Do you Know', is by far the highlight and perhaps also, the most original. Starting off quite quietly before launching into a stomping, staccato chorus and knocking you for six, this song puts Mountaineers firmly back on course.
Overall then I'm impressed. The songs are all quite catchy and radio friendly. I just hate the fact that they seem to be being marketed as something they are clearly not. Mountaineers should not shy away from their influences. This is truly a great effort and so it is disappointing that they come across as being ashamed of joining a genre that is already so well established. That just angers me and makes my reviews not as friendly; hardly a good marketing technique now is it?