By The Checks
I'd not even heard of The Checks until it was announced that one of my favourite Sheffield bands (The Dodgems) are supporting them on their UK tour. When it was later announced yet another of my favourite Sheffield bands (Gas Club) would be supporting them at The Leadmill I got tickets, and although still not having heard their music, I jumped at the chance to check out their single.
Being a blues / rock band hailing from New Zealand they're bound to draw comparisons to a certain Aussie rock band, but their song "Take Me There" is much more akin to the rhythm & blues and soul music of the 50's and 60's. From the opening chords it inspires you to want to dance, and its catchy gospel-esque chorus of "whoa take me there" means it's instantly memorable and I soon found myself singing along to it. On closer listening, the lyrics are somewhat surreal, and may well be totally meaningless, but to be honest when a song sounds this good who really cares what they're singing about. At just over 2:40 minutes it's a jaunty little blues-pop number that doesn't outstay its welcome.