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Idols Of Our Own Design by Rotary Ten

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Reviewed on 22nd October 2006.


Idols Of Our Own Design

By Rotary Ten

This is the second CD that has landed in this reviewer's hands courtesy of Lincoln born, but now Sheffield based Rotary Ten. What this debut single released on Sheffield's Quick! label shows is that this band has real promise and bags of potential bubbling away on evidence of these two excellent songs.

Idols of Our Own Design is a frantic affair filled with bundles of energy and enthusiasm topped off with the charismatic and easily identifiable vocals of James Trafford. Trafford spills out lyrics frenetically with every word tussling to keep up with the blistering pace of the song. This makes me wonder is this what The Smiths would have sounded like if they had been spliced together with Bloc Party, perhaps on potent speed?

Action Man is a more subdued track but is on the same theme as the previous song with Trafford remaining the centre attraction. The musicianship is also top drawer with no room left for filler, solos, or showing off. No chance. Not when both tracks are under 2 minutes 30.

This band has all the characteristics of maturing into something very special indeed and with the entire band being under 23 there's obviously loads of time. All that's needed now are the real killer tracks and Rotary Ten have it totally licked.



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