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Reviewed on 23rd April 2005.



By Riotmind

Imagine you've just accidentally walked into Doctor Who's Tardis. Easy enough mistake to make, there you are wanting to make a phone call to your mum to tell her to put the Sheppard's Pie in the oven when suddenly your find yourself trapped in a blue time travelling device. Fair dos you think, while I'm here I may as well make the most of it. A quick fiddle with some knobs and buttons later and... Voilą! You are spun across the very fabric of space and time on the trajectory of your journey. Waiting for the smoke to clear, you tentatively open the doors and peer out into your new surroundings... Suddenly a group of Parka-clad youngsters amble past; in the background you're sure you can hear strains of what sounds like "Lucky Man" by The Verve and a poster catches your eye announcing an imminent tour by The Charlatans. That's right; we've landed arse-first in 1997.

Although it's debatable whether Riotmind have access to a Tardis, it's a pretty safe bet a good proportion of their respective members record collections are made up of indie music from this era. So for the most part we're in the domain of Britpop via Baggy with a hint of Coldplayishness thrown in for good measure. In short, it's a pretty accurate amalgamation of all of the guitar-orientated forms of music that have made it "big" in Britain over the past 10 years.

Does this therefore mean that the resulting effort is a load of unoriginal, uninspired cobblers? Not at all. The four tracks on the E.P. definitely have a certain Gallagher-esque swagger to them but are also bestowed with melodic tinges and a gurning psychedelic undercurrent that will get your feet tapping and reaching for the "repeat" button at least a few times.

Opening gambit "Cold and Confused" is definitely the bands most commercial and accessible number, and will be Riotminds "ace" card for converting new fans and making in-roads in the music industry. Taking its cue from the piano-led song writing of David Gray or Keane it's catchy, pleasant and well executed. Maudlin enough to save the song from slipping into mainstream blandness yet not too downbeat to alienate a potential Radio 2 audience.

"My Friend Lucifer" is a lot darker and a more riff-led affair; think early Verve jamming with Led Zeppelin. Although not as immediate as the previous track it's still a good listen. "Revolution Tonight" starts off with a simple arpeggiated intro in a similar vein to Pearl Jam circa "Vitalogy" before meandering off into a psychedelic chug-out, although I think the songs suffers from its length- at nearly seven minutes long a certain degree of aural endurance is required. "In the Name" closes things off, a funky rock riff complimenting some slightly moribund lyrics.

A good enough attempt, Riotmind demonstrate an imaginative and intricate approach to song writing, and as there always seems to be a market for indie rock with a psychedelic ambience who knows what the future holds?



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