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Killing Street by The Common Redstarts

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Reviewed on 23rd March 2006.


Killing Street

By The Common Redstarts

Edinburgh four piece The Common Redstarts have made a commendable effort with this release, their second single on Seeca Records.

A-side Killing Street combines buzz saw guitars with a pounding drumbeat to make a decent fist of an indie stomp-along. The effect is hampered somewhat by uninspired lyrics and the lack of a decent hook.

The standout, however, is the backing track Angel-Eyed Friend. An acoustic throwaway reminiscent of the early Oasis b-sides, this style gives a better stage for Jordan Croan's warm vocals. ["I just don't know what this is about / I've got these chemicals in me, tryin' to get out."] How Noel must wish he could still punch 'em out like this.

I thought I'd finish up with a section of official PR speak from their publicity material as it cracked me up: "Harbouring their intentions with infectious, ballsy and confident upbeat mod-tinged guitar bite, here's a group with the ammo to fire more than one potentially lethal bullet."



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