By Shy Child
Appropriately here is a review of a song called "Summer" just as the weather turns wet and cold... no hang on it's always been wet and cold. US duo Shy Child have the audacity to make modern sounding "guitar" music with out one single guitar in sight. Having supplanted the usual guitar round neck with a whirring, buzzing and beeping synth... also round the neck, Shy Child have been attracting such admirers as Muse and have been tagged onto support bills everywhere over the past 6 months. In record company speak it's the "big UK push", a seed sewing exercise if you like and it seems to be doing the trick. If emo-tinged synth-pop is a term that makes you shudder then don't worry you are not alone. But this is no pithy "My mum and dad are sooo bad, and I look better when I wear black... in school... yeah... I hate you... etc etc etc". Instead Shy Child offer some intelligent use of the genre and in "Summer" have a genuine tune to be championed. The pounding beats are pleasingly complex but lose no sense of their purpose in providing a pounding backbone. Apparently a live favourite and it's easy to see why, "Summer" is rocking and danceable. Sadly as a package b-side "Murder Capital" does nothing to inspire and the 6 remixes of the lead track do very little to offer anything between them. For the completist fan it's no doubt a pant wetting selection.