By This Holiday Life
This Holiday Life hail from the States yet boast a fairly British sound. They use the tools of radio pop-rock wisely, including pretty harmonies and heartfelt lyrics to create the perfect 'drive-time' album.
Album opener "Don't Stand Up" and "Motions" stand out as a good singles with their memorable choruses and catchy riffs. The album sleeve suggests a darker band than the music would suggest, with its handwritten illegible lyrics and symmetrical images of the band and various bit of gear. To look at, the band look set for NME-land with the hair, the jeans and the beards.
"Fictions" is the bands' first full length album. Unlike many debut records this CD boasts a mature sound and suggests a powerful editing process in the form of 14 songs stripped from many others to leave an overbearinginly catchy album. The only saving moment on the record comes in the form of "Tonge Tied" which begins to push the boundary much further than anything else. It's a short track (68 seconds to be precise) that boasts backwards vocals and guitars with a faintly sung melody that babbled on about arguments.
This Holiday Life leave nothing to be commented about, they have nothing to hold back and regrettably nothing to offer the world other than chart desperation.