By Various Artists
I was optimistic on what delights were to be found upon this Leeds City
Council funded CD sampler of the bands in this year's celebration of Leeds' best young musical talent. The Music have been through the BYT mill in the past so you never know...
I won't dwell too long on the dross and cringeworthy stuff like the dreadfully produced 'English Pop Song' by The All Star 69ers or the risible but worryingly catchy 'Office (Alright @ The)' by Draco. Images of Ricky Gervais serenading his staff in similarly named and frankly brilliant TV series just wouldn't budge... Draco and Rhythm Kicker duke it out for worst and cheesiest-rhyming lyrics.
That said, there's certainly hope side by side and cheek by jowl on this sampler. The likes of funky rap geezers LaserKid and the dreadfully named Mojo Pin (who belie their derivative live show) all emerge with gold stars on these showings with Quarry Hill coming away with the Bonnie Tyler singing award.
There's not much to set the Leeds scene alight on this showing - some of these are pretty embarrassing and a sort of songwriting that doesn't exactly reek of creativity and youthful spark perhaps apart from the creepy sounding (and not just in name) Ian Beetlestone with his 'Skeleton'.
One song stands head and shoulders above some of the dross showcased here. A stunning song that reeks of class and that by rights should be embarrassed to share a same piece of plastic. The fragile acoustic beauty that is 'From The Top Of The Watchtower' by Last Night's TV is worth the cover price of about ten Leeds Guides alone.